Joseph Fulce is a Buzz Williams fan. As a high school player, the Plano, Tex., native committed to Texas A&M when Williams was an assistant in College Station under Billy Gillispie. Last year, out of prep school, Fulce committed to play for Williams, then the head coach at New Orleans.
On Saturday night, Fulce made his final commitment to Williams and Tom Crean's Marquette program. Now a freshman at Tyler Junior College, the 6-foot-7 Fulce will have three seasons to play in Milwaukee.
"I'm at the point in my life where I've moved so much," Fulce said. "I've listened to everyone else and now it was time to listen to my heart. Out of all this and so long it's a blessing to be with Coach Buzz (and Marquette). I'm at a junior college, I'm stable and this is the best decision that I've ever made as a person on my own."
Though the relationship with Marquette was bridged by Williams' presence, Crean was the decision maker once the idea was broached to bring Fulce aboard.
"With me committing to Marquette it was a similar thing with Coach Crean. He got to see for himself and he came to two of my workouts. Coach Crean looked at me and on the spot liked him. He thinks I play hard."
Fulce will wind up playing different positions for the Golden Eagles. He feels comfortable playing 2-4 on offense and doesn't mind holding his ground in the post on defense.
"They see me playing more as a multi-positional player. I'm 6-foot-7 and pushing 210. I can shoot the outside shot and I'm a good defender on and off the ball because I'm so long."
Fulce and Williams have the type of relationship that has survived through unique times. Now the prospect will look forward to having three seasons of eligibility at Marquette where he'll have his final reunion with the man who's tracked him longer than anyone.
"We go way back," Fulce joked. "I wanted to look at the best situation for me and my family. I'm big on church and so is my family. With Coach Williams I knew who I was dealing with and I knew that I could trust him and he would guide me and help me be a better player on and off the court."