Maryland’s primary class of 2016 target, local shooting guard Markelle Fultz (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.), was back in College Park, Md., for a two-day camp at Xfinity Center June 13-14. Although it wasn’t a prospect visit per se, the event allowed the UMD staff another chance to leave an impression on the five-star talent.
“I was just up there competing with my team, and it was a good time. I did really good, and we went to the championship game and lost to St. John’s (Washington, D.C.),” said the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Fultz, who holds offers from the likes of Maryland, Louisville, Arizona, Xavier, Ohio State, Kansas, UVA, Georgetown, Memphis, Miami, West Virginia, FSU and others. “But I got a chance to talk to Coach [Mark] Turgeon too, which is always great. He was there watching my games and talking to me a little bit. And I talked to some of the players too.”
It is said “players” who have been harping on Fultz for months now. Fultz said current Terps like Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens and class of 2016 pledge Anthony Cowan have been in his ear about Maryland, and they were back at it again June 13-14.
“Melo, Rob [Carter], Jared, they were talking to me and saying how Maryland is doing big things and I should join them,” Fultz said. “Melo, he was talking about representing the DMV and staying home, and Anthony Cowan said the same thing. I got a chance to talk to the Duke transfer too, Rasheed Sulaimon, and he was telling me why he chose to come to Maryland, and to keep working hard and go with what’s best for me.
“So I have a lot of people talking to me about Maryland, and it’s a school I’m thinking a lot about. I’m still going through the process, but it’s a school I’m definitely looking at. I’m cool with [staying home] and I think I can do big things there.”
Fultz has stayed in contact with Turgeon and recruiter Dustin Clark on a consistent basis as well. The DeMatha guard said the two “hit me up all the time,” and he has a terrific relationship with the pair.
“Coach Turgeon is a great coach and he’s doing big things at Maryland. It’s a great opportunity there,” Fultz said. “I like how [Turgeon] isn’t pressuring me, though. He tells me to take my time, but there’s a place for me at Maryland and he thinks I’d be a great fit there. Same with Coach Clark, he’s a really good guy and I like him a lot.”
There’s a chance Fultz will return to College Park for yet another look at the school, although that’s not set in stone. Next up is a visit to Virginia Tech June 15, followed by several intended officials in August.
During July, Fultz said he’ll be working out with his DC Blue Devils AAU squad and preparing for the NBA top 100 camp.
“I want to take all my officials and then decide on a school hopefully by the end of August,” Fultz said. “I have one official set for Arizona in August, and I’m in the process of setting the rest up. I’m looking for the school where I have the best relationship with the coaches, a place I can get early playing time, and also the academics are very important.”
Fultz is claiming no favorites, but it’s clear Arizona, Louisville and Kentucky, which hasn’t offered yet, have his attention. He saw Lexington, Kent., May 16 and Louisville a day later, raving about each.
“Louisville is great; it’s great facilities, everything is very nice there and everything is top-of-the-line,” said Fultz, who has now been to UL twice. “I like Coach [Rick] Pitino and I enjoyed meeting him. And Kentucky, they really like me and we’ll see if they offer. I had a great experience there and I really liked meeting Coach [John] Calipari and the other coaches. Kentucky is a great program, and it speaks for itself.
“With Arizona, I haven’t been there yet, but I’m looking forward to getting out there. I have a great relationship with the coaches, and I think that’s a great program too.”
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