Five-star shooting guard Markelle Fultz is making an official visit to the University of Washington this weekend. The 2016 prospect from the Washington, D.C.-area would be a huge pickup for Coach Romar.
Fultz is a 6-5, 180 pound guard from DeMatha Catholic High School with multiple offers from big-time programs including Kansas, Louisville, Georgetown, North Carolina and Arizona just to name a few. Prior to visiting Montlake, Fultz took an official visit to Arizona.
Having Fultz as a commit would be a program-changer as it could open recruiting doors that always appeared closed. Assistant Coach Raphael Chillious has been recruiting Fultz and he has developed a strong interest in the Huskies.
According to a July Sporting News article, he is looking for a program where he can see his coach as a "mentor" as well as a basketball coach. He also aspires to be an accountant and wants to ensure that the school has quality academics. In addition, he wants to be at a place where he can play as a freshman.
Practically speaking, having a player from the east coast with no ties to Seattle (aside from Coach Chillious) to come across the country seems like a longshot at best. However, it appears that the Huskies are in a recruiting battle with Arizona for Fultz although one might expect another top school to start enticing one of the best guards in the 2016 recruiting class.
He is projected to be a "one and done" player with NBADraft.net having him as the 8th player to be picked in the 2017 NBA Draft. Notably, the same web site predicts Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss to be picked in the second round.
With the Huskies already securing New Zealand big man Sam Timmins for next year, adding Fultz to the mix would be a coup for Romar’s recruiting class. Add the possibility of Federal Way’s Jalen McDaniel and we could see another stellar recruiting class put together by Coach Romar and his staff.
Not only would Fultz’s recruitment be an overwhelming accomplishment, it could further the momentum of the UW program. We all assume that Will Conroy will be an asset to recruiting and if Coach Chillious secures Fultz’s commitment, it could open doors to other marquee talent. There are obvious obstacles to overcome as Seattle is far away from a lot of the nation (just look at a map to confirm). Yet, it only takes one or two top commits to help bring back wins on the court and the Dawgs can pull itself out of the trough.
One could only dream of how a 2016-2017 starting five of Fultz, Crisp, Murray, Chrisse and Dickerson would look on the court. Yes, that’s only a dream considering Fultz is still contemplating schools and one (or more) of those players may be heading for the NBA.
Fultz hope to pick a school before his high school season starts.
Will Coach Romar tweet a WOOF by the end of the weekend?