This Thursday, on June 22, the 2017 NBA draft will take place 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center. This year’s draft class has received a lot of press on and off the court and rightfully so, as the class is filled with a lot of talent.
One of the most talented players in this year’s draft is Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington. Markelle is a product of the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area (better known as the DMV) and he went to high school at Dematha Catholic. Dematha is a legendary basketball program where a lot of pros have come from like, Adrian Dantley, Victor Oladipo, Jerian Grant and Quinn Cook. Markelle is projected to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft and he deserves all the success that’s coming his way.
Markelle was cut from the varsity team at Dematha as a sophomore, which is unheard of for one and done players. Fultz didn’t quit after being cut, he just dedicated more time to perfecting his skills and during his junior year, he became the player of the year in the DMV. Fultz went from being unheard of to being considered as one of the top players in the nation.
This story speaks to Fultz’ work ethic, which can be a great tool for a player to have going forward in his NBA career. Fultz is very talented with an amazing work ethic and a great attitude. He had a very good year at Washington, although the team did not win a lot of games. Markelle averaged 23 points per game and he was very efficient from the 3 point line. He is the ideal point guard in today’s game, he is 6’4 with a 7-foot wingspan. He is very athletic and he is capable of dunking on a defender or blocking their shot. Fultz is projected to picked by the Philadelphia 76ers and join forces with young talented players like Ben Simmons, Joel Embid and Justin Anderson. Fultz is the best player in the draft and he will be able to contribute to the 76ers right away.
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