Markelle Fultz showing why he should be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft
It has only been two games, but it is clear Markelle Fultz is the real deal and should hear his name called first in the 2017 NBA Draft. The University of Washington freshman has been dominant on the court, scoring 30 points in his first collegiate game and following that up with 35 last night against Cal State Fullerton.
The Huskies beat the Titans 104-88 in Seattle, Washington in front of an estimated crowd of 7,000.
“He has the ability to make everyone else look a little better and he was doing that tonight,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Most of Markelle’s points came after halftime, tallying 21 in the second half, carrying this Huskies team on his back down the stretch.
Washington’s freshman star posted his second straight 30-point game, surpassing the mark with a pair of emphatic dunks that finally gave the Huskies a comfortable lead. Fultz’s first slam with 4:20 left pushed Washington’s lead to 89-78. He stole an inbound pass on Fullerton’s next possession and his second one-handed slam pushed the lead to 13 with 3:46 remaining.
Romar was quoted after the game saying this about Fultz, “It’s almost like he’s computer-generated or something.”
Fultz was 10 of 14 shooting and added six assists, consistently showing a knack for breaking down the defense and getting into the lane to create his own shot or find teammates.
“I think my ability to get to the rim is always open,” Fultz said. “I realized it once I made a couple of threes it opened up the paint even more.”
Tre’ Coggins led Cal State Fullerton (2-1) with 23 points but was quiet after the first eight minutes of the game. Coggins tried to outscore Washington by himself in the opening minutes, dropping 17 points during that span. Jackson Rowe added 16 points for the Titans.
David Crisp added 17 points as Washington (1-1) put five players in double figures. Matisse Thybulle added 15 points, Malik Dime had 14 points and five blocked shots, and Dominic Green added 11.
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Cal State Fullerton: The Titans continue their road swing at UNLV on Saturday.
Washington: The Huskies host Northern Arizona on Sunday.
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