Hoop Summit: Washington signee Markelle Fultz continues ascension

PORTLAND -- Markelle Fultz continued his rise as a player and prospect at the Nike Hoop Summit, where he showcased his ability in front of more than 100 NBA scouts on Thursday.

Since first spotting Markelle Fultz in mid-October of 2014, Scout has evaluated the 6-foot-5 lead guard in person every six to eight weeks since.

And Fultz’s progression has been steady and consistent.

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From a junior varsity player as a sophomore, Fultz has developed into arguably the nation’s best guard and his ability and tools were on full display this past week at the Nike Hoop Summit.

Fultz particularly had NBA scouts raving about his performance on Thursday following a scrimmage that put the USA Team up against local college players and eventually each other in an intrasquad scrimmage.

Much like he did last week at the McDonald’s All-American festivities, Fultz used tricky dribble moves and his unique ability to change speeds to slice his way into the paint and create shot opportunities for others.

While Fultz is a tremendous scorer when he wants to be, he seemed focused on facilitating and getting his talented teammates involved at the Hoop Summit practices. His ability to drive the ball and get into the paint opened up shots for others.

Fultz has very good vision and his passing and instincts are top notch. In fact, he’s improved so much in this area that it’s time to start thinking about Fultz as potential the top point guard prospect in the 2016 class.

While there are certainly some strong candidates for that spot, like De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball, Fultz has now put himself firmly in that conversation.

Lorenzo Romar may be losing top tier talents in DeJounte Murray and Marquesse Chriss, he’s certainly gaining another one in Fultz.

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