Markelle Fultz Serving Up Hot Hoops For UW

There might just be a bidding war for Markelle Fultz’s services, but we’re not talking about on the basketball court. The DeMatha Catholic senior-to-be, who just verbally committed to Washington during the Under Armour Elite 24 in Brooklyn, admitted to a talent that just might get him noticed for something other than hoops.



“I’ll be doing some cooking when I’m gone (to Washington),” Fultz told Dawgman.com Monday night after returning from New York City and his Under Armour Elite 24 experience. In fact, he was getting ready to eat some of his Mom’s home cooking for dinner.

“Everything she makes is good, but I’m not too bad of a cook myself.”

For the past few months, Fultz has been serving up some serious game while potential suitors from all across the country were lining up to earn his signature on a future letter of intent. But the Washington Huskies made it to the finish line just ahead of programs like Louisville, Arizona, Kentucky, and others - as Fultz made his commitment known during the 3-point/Slam Dunk contest held last Friday.

Fultz confirmed that he had not talked to any coaches before making his announcement public.

“It was a surprise for them too,” he said. “That was good. I just surprised the whole city and the world. I was thinking about how good that (Washington official) visit was. I was ready to make my decision, so I talked to my Mom and my trainer, and I told them I think I was ready. I talked to the ESPN people and they asked me if I could make my commitment on TV, and it all worked out, so it was good.”

Then he made the phone call to Seattle to tell the coaches to stop pinching themselves. It wasn’t a dream. He was going to be a Husky.

“That night after I committed it was good to see how happy they were and how happy everybody was,” Fultz said. “(Washington Head Coach Lorenzo) Romar was so happy. He said that I’m going to have a great time when I come in and he’s going to push me on and off the court to get where I want to go. Coach Chills (Washington Assistant Coach Raphael Chillious) was also happy. He said he’d been receiving phone calls all day. That was good to make them happy and to get that out of the way. Now I’m getting ready for my high school season.”

Fultz also admitted that it was the official visit taken the weekend earlier that sealed his eventual decision. “Just seeing how the city was and getting the chance to meet the players was good for me,” he said. “Getting a chance to meet the academic people. That really made a difference for me. Also getting to see Coach Romar and Coach Chills again in person was another good thing. It just finished it off with me.”

When Fultz said the words ‘I’ll be attending the University of Washington’ on ESPNU, there were some stunned faces next to Fultz, most notably Michael Porter, Jr. - older brother of current 2018 UW commit Jontay Porter. “Me and Michael have always been talking a lot,” Fultz said of Porter. “He was happy for me and I was telling him that he should be next.

“Some people were thinking (why Washington), but then they realized that I like doing stuff different, and Washington has NBA players in the league. They wished me the best of luck, and they could see why I wanted to go there.”

And how did coaches from the other programs recruiting Fultz react to the news that he would be attending Washington? “I’ve been texting them,” Fultz said. “It’s been hard, but they’ve been understanding. That’s what I really like about the other coaches. They are wishing me the best of luck and I really appreciate that. Just me being humble and wishing them the best of luck is right.

“It felt right, and I felt good about my decision, but it was a long process. It was kind of hard choosing between Washington and a couple other schools. But Washington came out on top. It’s a big relief now. I feel way different. Now I feel I can go into my senior year and worry about helping my team out and my teammates out with their goals of winning championships.”

Now that the decision to go to Washington is out of the way, Fultz will now focus on attending Junior National Team mini-camp and workouts out as he gets ready for his senior season. Many believe Fultz has the opportunity to be a one-and-done player at Washington, meaning he would leave after his freshman year to try his hand in the NBA.

“I pay attention to it but I’m just going to take it day by day,” Fultz said when asked about the one-and-done idea. “If I have a great enough college year my first year and can go one-and-done I’m going to do that, but I’m not going into the season thinking one-and-done. I want to get my degree. That’s my plan.”


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