Markelle Fultz (born May 29, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. After playing college basketball for one season with the University of Washington Huskies, he was drafted with the first pick of the 2017 NBA draft by the 76ers.
Fultz attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. As a 5'9" sophomore, Fultz tried out for the DeMatha's high school basketball team, but he was cut and instead competed on DeMatha's junior varsity team. Fultz grew to 6'3" the summer after his sophomore year, and played for the varsity team in his junior and senior years. In the 2014-2015 season, Fultz's junior year, he averaged 16.5 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game, and won the conference player of the year award. In the spring and summer of 2015, Fultz competed on the Under Armour Association Circuit for the AAU team, DC Blue Devils. He averaged 18.6 points per game and 2.6 assists per game in 12 games on the Under Armour Association Circuit. He also played in the 2015 Under Armour Elite 24 invitational. He was later invited to the NBPA Top 100 camp and Adidas Nations camps. As a senior, Fultz averaged 19.1 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game while leading DeMatha to the WCAC championship game. Fultz was a member of the 2016 U-18 FIBA America's gold medal-winning championship team. In addition to earning tournament MVP honors, Fultz was a five-star recruit and was regarded as one of the top players in the 2016 class. He played in the 2016 McDonald’s All American Game playing for the East team. He played alongside the likes of Miles Bridges and Jayson Tatum against Lonzo Ball and Malik Monk. He also competed in the Nike Hoop Summit. Fultz committed to the University of Washington to play college basketball.
He made his first appearance in a Husky uniform on November 3, 2016 in an exhibition game against Western Washington. Coming off the bench, Fultz tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three turnovers, and one blocked shot in 23 minutes of play. In his collegiate debut, Fultz had 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists against the 2-0 Yale Bulldogs. Throughout the entire season, Fultz continued to establish the all-around style of play that made him one of the top prospects in college basketball. He posted the highest scoring average in the Pac-12 in over 20 years and became the first freshman to average over 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game since LaDrell Whitehead in the 1994-95 season. Despite failing to get Washington a postseason spot, Fultz still managed to not only earn a spot on the All-Pac-12 first team, but also be named an All-American third team member. After his only season with Washington concluded, Fultz announced that he would enter the 2017 NBA draft.
Entering the 2017 NBA draft deadline, Fultz was widely expected to be the first pick of the draft that year. Days before the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers traded the third pick in the draft as well as a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics for the first pick of the draft. Shortly before the draft began, Fultz signed a multi-year shoe endorsement deal with Nike.
The 76ers took Fultz with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
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