Markelle Fultz is a significant commitment for Washington. Scout breaks down what his pledge means for the Huskies program moving forward.
picked up one of its most significant commitments in modern recruiting history on Friday, with Markelle Fultz
choosing the Huskies.
After an extremely successful 2015 recruiting class, UW head coach Lorenzo Romar and his staff headed into 2016 with point guard being the main position that it had to land a contributor at.
It would have been tough to secure someone better than Fultz, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound combo out of Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha Catholic.
Fultz is currently ranked 22nd nationally in Scout's 2016 rankings and is listed a two, but expect him to move up that list shortly and be slotted as a one this time around.
The five-star prospect will be able to step right in as the Huskies starting point guard from day one, although he's also talented enough to play off the ball as well, with incoming freshman David Crisp
also perfectly capable of playing the one.
Freshman Dejounte Murray
is a really talented scorer and will likely get plenty of minutes at the two, although he's also capable of playing the three in smaller lineups.
On the wing, you have freshmen Matisse Thybulle
and Dominic Green
, two versatile athletes who complement each other perfectly. Thybulle will be able to defend multiple spots and impact the game with his rebounding, passing and slashing. Green can play several places on offense and is a high level shooter.
Freshman Marquese Chriss
gives the Huskies an athletic four man who rebounds and blocks shots well enough to play the five in smaller lineups. JUCO transfer Malik Dime
, at least defensively, will be able to play some four as well.
Between freshman Noah Dickerson
, 2016 commit Sam Timmins
, Dime and at times Chriss, the Huskies have plenty of options to play center as well.
This is a roster made up of versatile athletes, which has been exactly the case when Romar's teams at Washington have been at their best.
The 2015-16 season will be a respectable one for Washington, but in 2016-17 you can expect the Huskies best season in a long time.