Markelle N'Gai Fultz
Markelle Fultz found...
his passion for basketball early in life. Born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, he attended DeMatha Catholic High School. DeMatha had a reputation for sports and academics. The varsity squad was so competitive at DeMatha, Markelle failed to make varsity his first two years. Before his junior year he grew from 5'9" to 6'3". Markelle shined his junior year. He matched up against future rival Jayson Tatum in a nationally recognized tournament. The victory put him on the radar. He committed to the University of Washington before his senior year. In his lone college year, Markelle stood out on a disappointing Husky squad. He declared for the 2017 NBA Draft after his freshman year.
The Philadelphia 76ers had the first pick of the draft. They had a decision to make: both Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum were first-pick material. The 76ers chose Markelle. Jayson went to the Boston Celtics. Markelle developed a shoulder injury in his rookie season. Described as a "scapular muscle imbalance," he was deactivated indefinitely. He returned in March of 2018. His shot was not as it was in college, but in April he became the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double. The process with the Sixers came to an end for Fultz at the 2019 trade deadline, as the Orlando Magic acquired his talents.
- In 2016, Markelle won the MVP award for Team USA’s FIBA Americas Under-18 roster.
- Markelle enjoyed one of the best freshman seasons in Pac-12 Conference history in 2016-17.
- Markelle cites his mother as his primary hero. He did a piece for the NBA Player’s Tribune dedicated to him.
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