The Huskies picked up a big verbal commitment from Markelle Fultz, a five-star 2016 prospect from Maryland.
The 6-5, 180-pound shooting guard chose Washington over Arizona and Louisville. Recently, the basketball phenom also held scholarship offers from Kentucky and North Carolina.
Fultz, who averaged 16.5 points last season at powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md., made his decision Friday afternoon at the 10th annual Under Armour Elite24 event in Brooklyn, New York.
“The main reason I am going to Washington is my connection with coach (Lorenzo) Romar,” Fultz said in an ESPNU interview. “I trust his plan for me, I feel like I fit into their system.”
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Fultz also cited a close relationship with UW assistant Raphael Chillious, a Maryland native.
ESPN ranks Fultz 21st nationally on its top 100 list. He’s 22nd on Scout.com’s top 100 list and 23rd on Rivals’ top 150 list. Fultz will be the sixth five-star prospect to play for Romar. The others include: Tony Wroten, Abdul Gaddy, Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman.
Fultz is the second prospect to commit to UW’s 2016 class, joining 6-10 New Zealand big man Sam Timmins. The Huskies also assembled a touted eight-man 2015 class that’s ranked sixth nationally by Scout.com.
NCAA rules prohibit Romar from commenting publicly on recruiting prospects until they sign a binding letter of intent. The earliest Fultz can sign is Nov. 11.
However, the news was greeted with cheers by UW players on social media.
And here’s highlights of Fultz compiled from his junior season at DeMatha.