Washington Huskies star Markelle Fultz announced today that he will forgo his remaining college eligibility and will enter the 2017 NBA draft. Fultz confirmed his decision in a video posted to his Twitter account.
“After sitting down with my mom and the coaching staff, I’ve made the decision to enter the NBA draft,” Fultz said. “Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, it’s really truly been a blessing to be here… I learned plenty of life lessons on and off the court, especially from Coach [Lorenzo Romar] and his coaching staff.”
The Huskies’ season came to an end on Wednesday following a loss to USC in the PAC-12 tournament. Although Washington finished the year with a record of 9-22, Fultz emerged as the odds-on favorite to be selected first overall in this June’s draft, making his announcement today unsurprising.
In 25 games for Washington this season, Fultz led the team in scoring with 23.2 PPG. He also filled up the stat sheet in several other categories, averaging 5.9 APG, 5.7 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG, and 2.1 3PT.
“There isn’t much that he can’t do well from passing to shot blocking,” Romar told Evan Daniels of Scout. “His love and passion for the game I believe sets him apart. [He’s a] great teammate and very unselfish.”