The Washington Huskies men’s basketball team received an oral commitment Friday afternoon from one of the highest-rated guards in the 2016 recruiting class.
Markelle Fultz, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Dematha Catholic High School, announced during the Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest on ESPNU that he plans to play for the Huskies.
Fultz chose Washington over offers from Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky and many others.
Rated the No. 22 overall prospect in the 2016 class by Scout.com, Fultz is also considered a 5-star recruit. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar has had six of those: Jon Brockman, Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter, Abdul Gaddy and Tony Wroten (and Martell Webster, who signed with UW but instead entered the NBA draft out of high school).
The difference between Fultz and those players, though, is that he’s not from Washington or the west coast. Fult’z hometown is Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and his commitment continues a successful recruiting run by Romar and his staff. The Huskies signed five top-100 recruits in their 2015 class, and also have a commitment from New Zealand center Sam Timmins for 2016 (they also recently received a commitment from sophomore Jontay Porter, but he obviously can’t sign for quite a while).
Scout.com evaluates Fultz: “As a sophomore, Fultz played JV. Now, a junior, he's one of the perimeter scorers in the country. Fultz is effective off the dribble, as he's comfortable getting to the mid-range area and making shots. A pretty good athlete, Fultz is a good scorer at the cup. He adjusts his shots well at the rim and plays well in transition. He's also a more than capable three-point shooter. He could spruce up his ball handling, but he's a high caliber scorer.”