Every summer, a handful of players breakout during the July evaluation period and see their names shoot up the rankings.
This month, one of those guys is Markelle Fultz (2016), the 6’4 shooting guard out of DeMatha Catholic.
For Arizona fans, Fultz is by now a well-known name, as Sean Miller offered the Maryland product way back in January, when he was still on Dematha’s junior varsity team.
Now the rest of the country is catching on.
Over the past few weeks, Fultz has blown up playing in the Under Armor Association. A performance this past Friday typified capsulized his rise; in front of a packed group of coaches, he dropped 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Fultz has always been a good scorer but now he has added a consistent three-point shot, bringing his offensive skillset to another level. Add in his gifted athleticism, length, and thorough understanding of the game, it’s not surprising to see he’s taken the leap.
“It’s been a blessing,” Fultz told PointGuardU. “It’s just showing that all my hard work has paid off.”
With the heightened attention comes bigger offers, and no offer Fultz has recently received is as meaningful as the one from John Calipari and Kentucky.
“It’s an offer I’ve been waiting for because I believe I can play at the highest level, and that’s one of the highest levels you can get to,” Fultz said. “I was thanking God when I got that offer.”
Miller and his staff now have their work cut for them in landing Fultz, who said he hopes to make his decision sometime in September before the start of his senior year.
Fultz currently only has one visit planned: a visit to Arizona in early August.
Miller and Book Richardson have been communicating with Fultz every day, something the guard said has stood out in their recruitment.
“I have a real good relationship with Coach Book and Coach Miller,” Fultz said. “It’s unbelievable how long I’ve been talking to them and the things they have to offer.”
As for what the staff has been telling Fultz?
“Just that Arizona is a great future for me, and that I can be another killer from the east coast to come there and kill,” Fultz said. “Playing with a chip on my shoulder, they think I can come in there and win a national championship.”
For now, Fultz will wrap up playing for the Under Armor league before heading to a few more tournaments including the Elite 24 and Adidas Nation.
Arizona will surely be there, watching Fultz closely.