ESPN No. 10 ranked high school senior Markelle Fultz is looking forward to playing at the University of Washington next year.Â “The school is a great fit with the way they play, the players they have there,” Fultz told USA Today. “The coaching staff are like mentors to me. They worry about academics and they show good support. It’s just the best fit for me.”
The a 6-5 shooting guard averaged 16.5 points last season for DeMatha Catholic High School (MD), and was the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference player of the year.
Though the state of Washington up in the pacific northwest is a long way from Maryland on the east coast, Fultz doesn’t mind.
“I’m not really worried abut [the distance],” Fultz said. “If I’m fortunate to make to the NBA, you have to travel around. I’ve been traveling for AAU. My mom understands and I understand [that] what I have to do to be the best player I can be [is to] go all the way to Washington.”
“Playing junior varsity really helped me develop my skills and confidence in the game, and it also made me humble,” Fultz said at the 2015 Under Armour Elite 24 in Brooklyn, New York.
At Washington, Fultz will join fellow 2016 commit Sam Timmins, who in 2013 became the youngest person to ever play in the NBL, New Zealand’s pro basketball league.