To no one's surprise, Markelle Fultz won't be staying in Washington long.
The Huskies guard announced Friday he will be entering his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. Fultz declared after only one season full of spectacular individual performances but unfortunately little team success.
"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 posted from his Twitter account. "Although the season hasn't gone as planned, it's really, truly been a blessing to be here, and I learned plenty of life lessons on and off the court, especially from coach (Lorenzo Romar) and his coaching staff. I'm always going to be a Husky for life. Go Dawgs."
Washington finished the season 9-22 (2-16 in conference play) and lost its last 13 games. Fultz sat five of the last seven games of the season with a sore knee as the Huskies struggled in his absence. He averaged 23.2 points (first in the Pac-12), 5.9 assists (second only to Lonzo Ball in the Pac-12), 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
Despite the team's shortcomings, Fultz has more than proved himself worthy of the No. 1 pick. Here's what draft expert Sam Vecenie had to say about Fultz:
"He is a unique blend of efficient scoring ability and playmaking that hasn’t been seen in college hoops for a while. And he’s doing it with players around him that aren’t exactly of elite quality. Even though Washington hasn’t had the type of team success you’d hope for, Fultz has lived up to the hype in every way individually. He’s in a tier all by himself as a prospect."
Don't weep for Washington, though. Coach Romar will reload with a top-five recruiting class, including small forward Michael Porter Jr., the top overall recruit in the 2017 ESPN 100.