Fultz talks big season
No player has come further on the national scene over the last six months than Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic shooting guard Markelle Fultz. Fultz went from playing junior varsity as a sophomore to now being the player of the year in arguably the best conference in the country. Winning Player of the Year in the WCAC is no easy task, but that is what Fultz accomplished as a junior, and says it was a great honor. “It has been a good year,” said Fultz. “I think I earned the award through hard work. I just think that all around I showed my versatility and stepped up both offensively and defensively so I was really happy to get that award. It showed that my hard work paid off.” At 6-foot-4 with a high level of athleticism and a rapidly improving skillset, Fultz went from a virtual unknown to where he is now. That includes offers from schools such as Maryland, Georgetown, Miami, Xavier, Cincinnati, Memphis, Arizona, NC State, and others. About his rise onto the national radar, Fultz said, “It has just been incredible. I now know I can get anywhere I want, and it has been fun.” At one time Fultz was looking to make a bit of a quicker decision, but now he says the focus has been on his high school team and that has slowed down his recruiting process. “I have just been trying to focus on the season,” explained Fultz. “After the season I plan to look closer and closer into my recruitment, but for right now I want to focus on the season.” When the time however does come for Fultz to look into colleges, he does know what will be important to him. “I think I fit well into a screen and roll game and also a team that gets out in transition,” explained Fultz. “Also I want to look into every school education wise. I know basketball won’t be there forever, so I want to see what a school can do for me long term. Also how much I can play and winning all factor in.” Currently Fultz is viewed as the No. 6 shooting guard and the No. 35 player overall in the class of 2016.
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