Fultz impresses at UAA, talks Louisville

2016 guard Markelle Fultz of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic added a scholarship from the University of Louisville prior to arriving in the Derby City to participate in the Under Armour

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic guard Markelle Fultz received a scholarship offer from Louisville following a strong performance at the Under Armour visit to New Orleans a couple weeks ago.

"It was big one," Fultz said of the Louisville offer. "Each offer that I get is a blessing. For it to be from Louisville, a very high major school is a blessing and shows that all my hard work is paying off and I hope to just keep going."

The Cardinals join a growing list of schools to extend scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3 combo guard. Arizona, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Kansas, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Virginia and Xavier are just a few of the many that have offered.

"I'm enjoying it," he said of the recruiting process. "It's a blessing. I didn't know all this was going to happen. I just put the work in and it all just started coming."

U of L assistant Kenny Johnson, a Maryland native, is the primary recruiter and continues to build a strong relationship with the Class of 2016 prospect.

"It's a great relationship," said Fultz. "He texts me and calls me and makes sure I'm doing well in school."

Fultz was in the Derby City over the weekend playing with DC Blue Devils in the UAA held at the MidAmerica Sports Center in suburban Louisville.

His goal during these events - the next is set for New York next month - is to display is versatility. During his play in Louisville, Fultz was asked to play nearly every position on the floor and did it effectively. He displayed excellent ball control and is a threat to score or find an open teammate.

"How I can play at the offensively end and at the defensive end," he explained. "I can play the one, two, three or four. I just try to get my teammates going first really and then show that I can score the ball in any type of way. I also like playing defense. I like getting after it on the defensive end. I try to check the best players on the other team."

With U of L assistants Mike Balato, Kenny Johnson and David Padgett each taking turns watching Fultz play over the weekend, Scout.com's top rated shooting guard in the east region didn't disappoint. Fultz was one of the top performers in Louisville, averaging 21 points and 5 rebounds in four games.

For now, his play remains his focus. He currently claims no clear favorite, but anticipates reviewing his many options and making a decision this summer.

"Right now, I'm just trying to enjoy it and go day-by-day," he said. "During the summer I'm going to sit down with my mom and my trainer and research all the schools, and what they have to offer and hopefully make my decision."

Fultz was named Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.5 points and lead the top-ranked Stags on the season.

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