Washington Huskies PG Markelle Fultz watched Kelsey Plum and John Ross turn pro. Not it’s his turn to turn pro.
Washington Huskies PG Markelle Fultz has been patient and steady. He watched both Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor depart for the WNBA. He cheered while John Ross led a group of eight Washington Huskies depart for the NFL.
Now, it’s his turn. And he is ready to go. In fact, despite the calm demeanor, Fultz is a seething storm of ready set “I’m Ready To GO!!”.
He is reaching the crest of the hill. Within days, the roller coaster ride to the NBA will begin. In a matter of days, the NBA combine will begin. In fact, the events begin on May 9 and continue through May 14, 2017. Of course, Markelle Fultz’s name will be on the marquis for the event
While Lonzo Ball is not expected to attend, Markelle Fultz will appear.
The event is both competition and networking. Unlike the NFL combine, where top stars do compete, the NBA combine has not been as rigid in its participation. And so, Fultz will likely make optimal use of having NBA executives to learn what their plans for him will be if they are lucky enough to land the top pick of the NBA Draft.
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A more important date for Markelle Fultz, and the entire NBA for that matter, is May 16, 2017. That date marks the NBA Lottery, when ping pong balls decide the fates of so many. But more importantly, it could dictate just how rich Markelle Fultz becomes in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Per a February 2017 Bleacher Report article from Jonathon Wasserman, the split is more even than we suspect. Now, that same debate occurred before the 2016 NBA Draft between Ben Simmons and Branon Ingram, but in the end the ranking was not nearly as close as the build up leading into the draft.
But this year, some continue to emphasize that the number one pick truly relies upon which team is selecting.