Early Exit PAC-12 Tournament
The University of Washington didn’t have much hope for the NCAA tournament. From the moment the Huskies basketball team began the conference contests, the Huskies were seeing L’s far too often. But the hopes flickered as long as the team could turn it around, perhaps even get hot enough to show well in the PAC-12 tournament.
But it didn’t happen.
The Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball team, seeded number 11, lost game one to the USC Trojans. Now the team must regroup. Who stays, who goes? Will Lorenzo Romar survive this season to coach again? If he survives, does the team reorganize the coaching staff?
The 2016-2017 brought more questions than answers to the Huskies Men’s Basketball program. And with the 2017 Men’s Basketball recruiting class ranked fifth in the nation, led by Michael Porter Jr., the team needs answers to those questions pronto.
But the largest questions, and the most timely, focus on Markelle Fultz. His NCAA basketball career is likely over. His NBA basketball career is about to begin. Unlike the NCAA experience, he has a real chance to fulfill his full potential and become an integral part of an NBA Championship team.
NBA Executives are “nervous nellies” when it comes to the NBA Draft with the top five picks. Ambiguity, confusion, and risks are shunned. Let’s hope Markelle Fultz’s knees are fine, and that NBA front offices can be convinced of that.
The NCAA tournament is the stage by which many of the nations top talents display how well they compete against similarly talented players. Fultz will miss out. But ending the season injured now tosses questions from the film room into the medical charts. UW Husky Markelle Fultz is a special player. Let’s hope the NBA still sees it that way.