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Name: Markelle Fultz

School: Washington

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 7 (2016)

Birthdate: May 29, 1998 (18)

Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Family: 

- Mom named Ebony

- Ebony - "Sometimes things got tight - well, a lot of times things got tight. I wanted to make sure they had what they need, and a little of what they want"

- Mom passed away while at school

High School: DeMatha Catholic

Accolades:

- Won 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship with Team USA  

- Won MVP of 2016 FIBA Americans U18 Championship

- 2016 McDonald's All-American 

- 2016 Jordan Brand Classic

- 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

- 2016 All-USA Maryland Player of the Year

- Won 2016 Maryland Private School League Championship

- Named 2015 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year

Twitter: MarkelleF

Instagram: MarkelleFultz

Height: 6'4

Weight: 185

Wingspan: 6'9

Standing Reach: 8'6

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Interviews really well - prepared

- Quiet demeanour

- Never shows much emotion - similar to the way he plays

- Works a lot on shooting and getting stronger

- Did not make the Varsity team as a Sophomore and worked hard to get better - says it helped him grow as a person

- Has said his goal is to stay in school for 4 years

- He wants to be an accountant after basketball

- Humble

Freshman Season Stats: Through 21 games

- 23.3 PPG

- 6 APG

- 6.1 RPG

- 48% FG

- 41% 3

- 66% FT

- 1.6 SPG

- 1.3 BPG

Analytics: 

- 6th in field goals made in the NCAA

- 15th in field goal attempts in the NCAA

- 17th in 2 point field goals made in the NCAA

- 11th in 2 point field goal attempts in the NCAA

- 13th in assists in the NCAA

- 15th in assists per game in the NCAA

- 16th in player efficiency rating in the NCAA

- 13th in offensive win shares in the NCAA

- 12th in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 2nd in points produced per game in the NCAA

- 4th in points per game in the NCAA

- 1st in points per game, assist percentage, and player efficiency rating in the Pac-12 in 2016-17

- 2nd in assists per game in the Pac-12 in 2016-17

- 3rd in steals per game and free throw attempts in the Pac-12 in 2016-17

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Athleticism 

Greatest Weakness: Defensive Effort

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 8

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 8

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 8

Passing: 8

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 6

Steals: 8

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- Elite at turning corner off the handoff/ball screen

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Over dribbles

- Long arms 

- Very good rebounder for a guard

- Quick 1st step

- Good at finishing with man on his hip

- Good 1 on 1 scorer

- Good shooter

- Good creator off the dribble 

- Score first PG

- Lazy off ball defender

- Covers a lot of ground with long strides

- Very quick in transition

Game Analysis: 

Game 1

- vs. Gonzaga

- #5 Nigel Williams-Goss

- #4 Jordan Matthews

- #13 Josh Perkins

- Catch and shoot open 3 left 45 - hits

- Bump up from left corner, catch and shoot 3 at left 45 - hits again, same spot

- Beaten into the lane by Peak at right 45

- Catch and shoot 3 right 45 - miss

- Offensive rebound after missed left corner 3, good boxout, missed putback floater

- Catch and shoot deep 3 from left 45 - short

- Right ball screen at left 45 against the zone, gets into the lane and fouled going up at the rim for a layin - FTs 1/2

- Good contest on right 45 3 - hand in face

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - miss - Good backdoor cut when Agau turned his back

- Catch and shoot straightaway deep 3 - miss

- Nice block in strongside help, called a foul but it was clean

- Catch in right corner, pump, one dribble with the left pullup, blocked but fouled - FTs 2/2

- Catches in transition at right 45 3, pumps, shoots - in and out 

- Catches in left corner with Hayes on him, fakes right, drives baseline with no help for easy layin

- Catch and shoot 3 straightaway - miss

- Catches right corner, beats Peak to the hoop, good positioning as he goes up, gets fouled - FTs 1/2

- Drives right baseline, help comes, goes into him, good defense and misses layup attempt

- Gets steal in halfcourt trap 1 and 1 - FTs 0/1

Game 2

- vs. Oregon

- #3 Payton Pritchard

- #31 Dylan Ennis

- #24 Dillon Brooks

- Gets defensive rebound, takes it in transition right to left but bricks left handed bank shot attempt

- Catches at FT line of zone, misses jumper

- Right to left crossover and stripped at top of key

- Uses right ball screen at left 45, between legs stepback and hits 3

- Gets block trailing in transition but called for foul

- Left 45 pullup jumper - hits

- Good drive drawing help defense and hitting open big in short corner

- Catch and shoot 3 from right 45 - miss

- Fouled on drive left in transition - FTs 2/2

- Drives left from right 45, bumped and pulls up and hits FT line jumper - good body control

- Catch and shoot 3 at right 45 - miss

- Incredible move in transition drives middle from left 45, goes up and under with speed and finishes layup with right - NBA move

- Great block in transition, good timing waited like LeBron - really long arms

- Great feed into the deep left short corner after being doubled off left ball screen

- Drives straight right, draws help, dishes left to rolling big for a dunk

- Catches high post, drives left and finishes with contact with the left

- Misses 3 from right 45

- Really nice crossover right to left but turned it over on entry bounce pass to big

- Great effort diving for loose ball

- Misses stepback right corner 3

- Quick change of speed in transition at top of key, gets to the rim and fouled - FTs 0/2

NBA Comparison: Russell Westbrook

Current Ability: 7

Projection as an NBA Player: 8

Projected Draft Spot: Top 5

Opinion: Fultz has all the qualities of a typical modern star NBA guard. He has very long strides and long arms. He has good timing as a shot blocker on defense. Fultz has great body control to finish at the hoop but is also a very good 3 point shooter. He should become a star and could end up being the best player from this draft. I still like Monk, Bridges, and Ball better. He plays similar to Russell Westbrook, and if he pans out he should be a 20 5 and 5 guy and maybe a superstar.