Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz announces he will enter 2017 NBA Draft

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz, to the surprise of nobody, formally announced Friday that he will forgo his final three years of college and enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

“After sitting down with my mom and the coaching staff, I’ve made the decision to enter the NBA Draft,” Fultz said in a video he tweeted. “Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, it’s really, truly, been a blessing to be here.”

Fultz averaged 23.3 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds this season -- but mostly off of the national radar because Washington finished 9-22 overall, 2-16 in the Pac-12. The 6-foot-4 point guard missed six of the Huskies’ final eight games because of a knee injury. Regardless, NBA people still love him. Multiple executives and scouts have told CBS Sports that Fultz is the prospect most likely to be the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He’s a top-five pick, at worst.

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