Combo guard/wing Markelle Fultz (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.) is one of the fastest-rising recruits in the D.C.-Maryland corridor, currently claiming double-digit offers from numerous high-major programs. Which is no surprise considering the 6-foot-4, 170-pound junior is averaging 16 points, six assists and eight rebounds a game in the competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, while throwing down an array of YouTube-worthy dunks.
“The season is going great so far. We’re 20-1 and 11-0 in the conference, so we really can’t complain,” Fultz said. “I personally think I’m doing pretty good too. I can improve a lot, but I’m scoring it well, getting rebounds, getting assists, and my team is wining. I think I can do better on the defensive end… That’s the main thing I’m picking up right now – defense.”
Fultz said he hasn’t picked up any new offers recently, but has started to hear more and more from Ohio State, Creighton, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Miami and others. He currently holds verbals from the likes of Maryland, Georgetown, Xavier, Washington, Arizona, Memphis, DePaul, Texas, and Wake Forest, among others.
“All the schools that have offered me I’m in touch with. Like these coaches are talking to me on Twitter like every day and I always text those guys,” said Fultz, who mentioned he’s seen coaches from Oklahoma State, Texas, Virginia Tech, Georgetown and Maryland at his games recently. “I wouldn’t say one school is on me more than the others right now, because they’re all on me and doing a great job. But, you know, like Maryland, Washington, Arizona, Georgetown – they’re all on me.”
Maryland, for its part, has had an offer out to Fultz for several months now. Head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark have been to a couple DeMatha games now to watch Fultz and class of 2017 star D.J. Harvey, while Fultz has attended two games at Xfinity Center this season as well.
“Oh, I have a great relationship with Maryland. They’re recruiting me hard, seeing me play, staying in contact,” Fultz said. “They’re always talking about how I’m a priority for them and how much of an opportunity I’d have if I went there. They think the sky is the limit for me. I think Coach Turgeon is a great coach, and he’s got the team winning now. Maryland’s the hometown school, and a lot of guys around here are looking at them now.”
One of those guys Fultz was referring to is his rival at nearby St. John’s (Washington, D.C.). Class of 2016 point guard Anthony Cowan just committed to the Terps in late January, catching the attention of many area recruits.
“That was a big get for Maryland; [Cowan] is a great player,” Fultz said. “I think that’s a great fit for him too. That system fits him well. I’ve been thinking about guys I want to play with at the next level and he’s one of them. A lot of people are saying we could be a great fit together, and he’s already started talking to me a little bit about [Maryland]. So that’s something I’m thinking about; I’m looking into it.”
Expect Fultz to be back in College Park at some point for another game. During his most recent trip, he witnessed the Terps knock off Michigan State Jan. 17.
“The atmosphere at Maryland is great; I love watching games there,” Fultz said. “The student-section was live that day and all into it. I had a great time [Jan. 17] and then was talking to the coaches afterwards. Coach Clark was showing me around and it was fun.”
Fultz has also been over to nearby Georgetown this year, lauding the Hoyas as well. Previously, he took campus visits to Louisville, West Virginia and Xavier. He’s unsure where he’s heading next, but noted how he’d like to visit “all the schools that have offered me.”
Two to watch out for as Fultz recruitment moves along, though, are Arizona and Washington, the latter in particular. Fultz said he definitely wants to check out the West Coast schools and wouldn’t mind playing 3,000 miles from home.
“I really haven’t made any firm decisions about visits or timeframes or anything like that yet,” Fultz said. “My main focus is on the season right now.”
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