Washington freshman Markelle Fultz declares for 2017 NBA Draft

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz announced on Friday that he was declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, foregoing his remaining three years of eligibility in the NCAA.

SEATTLE, Wa. — The season is barely over for some teams, but the attention is quickly turning to the future.

Several big name players will announce their intentions to either test the waters and declare early for the 2017 NBA Draft, or return to school for at least one more season. With the new NBA Draft rules that were implemented last season, we will undoubtedly see our fair share of underclassmen go through the pre-draft process before making a final decision.

On Friday, it was reported that a big name player was going to enter the draft. The decision should come as no surprise, as he is expected by many to be the first overall pick come draft time.

Freshman guard Markelle Fultz is leaving the Washington Huskies after just one season to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

Fultz released a video on his Twitter feed to announce his decision to declare early, and ESPN’s Jeff Borzello tweeted out the news himself just minutes later.

Shocker, I know.

Many expected Fultz to declare after just one season, and with the way the season turned out for Washington, one can’t blame him for taking his talents to the next level.

The Huskies finished the season with a 9-22 record overall, and were 11th in the Pac-12 standings.

Over 25 games in a Huskies’ uniform, Fultz led the team in scoring, averaging 23.2 points per contest. He also averaged 5.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks per contest.

Fultz shot 47.6% from the field, and 41.3% from three point range.

He brings size to the back court, standing at 6’4”,which he uses to see over smaller defenders on the offensive end of the court.

Fultz is one of the most athletic guards in the country, and has the skill set to excel at the next level. From his playmaking abilities to his ball handling skills, and from his scoring touch to his natural feel for the game, Fultz will be a star at the professional level for years to come.

While the future of Washington basketball is a bit cloudy, they continue to bring in top-tier recruits. The Huskies will welcome forward Michael Porter, Jr. to campus next season, who is the top overall recruit in ESPN’s Class of 2017 rankings.

Expect to hear Fultz’s name called very early at the 2017 NBA Draft.

– T. Bennett

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