LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Markelle Fultz has burst onto the national scene this spring.
The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha shooting guard went from a relative unknown in recruiting circles to garnering 28 scholarship offers over the course of this season in-part because of his versatility and ability as a scorer. Fultz now finds himself ranked No. 34 by Scout.com in the Class of 2016 and poised to climb further.
"I'm a very versatile player. I can run the 1, 2, 3 or 4," Fultz told Inside Carolina. "I like to play defense a lot. I can shoot the J; I can dunk. I can also hit the mid-range. I'm just a very versatile player."
The first two sessions of the April live evaluation period has given Fultz the chance to play in front of a bunch of college coaches in the Under Armour Association with the D.C. Blue Devils, including members of the UNC staff both weekends.
"It's going really well. I can't complain. The first session was not the best that I wanted to do, but it wasn't my worst, so I was pretty happy," Fultz said. "I got my teammates involved. It wasn't my best shooting session. But this session I came out and my shot was falling, I was getting to the rim, so this session was a lot better than the last one. I just hope to keep improving each and every time."
The new-found attention on Fultz from the bevy of programs recruiting him has been a lot to process, but he's excited about his future.
"It's just overwhelming. For me to be like, unknown, last year and just to realize where I'm at now, being one of the best players in the area, I'm just happy. My mom's happy that I get to go to school for free," Fultz said. "I'm just blessed to have so many choices."
"It's just amazing. It's a blessing, truly. All the work that I'm putting in is paying off. I'm going to keep working until I make it."
The hard work that Fultz is putting in mostly has to do with maintaining the consistency of being an elite-level prospect. Fultz knows that with so many people watching him now that he has to play hard on every possession. He also wants to be a positive leader and make sure that he isn't sacrificing personal stats for the greater good of his team.
"I'm just trying to improve on my motor. Going hard all the time and not just cruising. Just being able to go at all times," Fultz said. "Just helping my teammates get better. They look up to me, most of them. I just want them to continue to get better by feeding them the ball when they're open and keep motivating them when they're missing shots."
As for recruiting, Fultz told Inside Carolina that he had 28 scholarship offers heading into the UAA's second session in Louisville. He also mentioned that Kentucky, Ohio State and North Carolina were showing recent interest.
Before the event in Louisville, Fultz got a call from a UNC assistant coach.
"I talked to them a couple days ago and they said they were recruiting me," Fultz said of Carolina. "[He said] one of the assistants is from the area. He was telling me to just keep doing what I'm doing. The hard work is paying off and hopefully I'll make it."
Through eight games in the Under Armour Association, the Blue Devils are 5-3 and Fultz is averaging 18.1 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Fultz's Stock Rising
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