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.
âAfter sitting down with my mom and the coaching staff, Iâve made the decision to enter the NBA Draft,â Fultz said in a video he tweeted. âAlthough the season hasnât gone as planned, itâs really, truly, been a blessing to be here.â
Fultz to the NBA Draft-It was an honor to play in front of the Husky fans and I really appreciate all of the support you guys have given me. pic.twitter.com/sLDPltlHNZ— UW Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) March 10, 2017
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 Huskiesâ 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. Heâs a top-five pick, at worst.