Basketball has taken DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) star Markelle Fultz many places over the last few years. Just this season, the Stags have played in Chicago, Portland, Ore.; Wheeling, W.Va; and Springfield, Mass., beyond their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference schedule.
Basketball will take Fultz to the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago in late March, and Friday he received his honorary jersey at the McDonald’s All American Game Hometown Heroes presented by American Family Insurance.
He hopes his next destination after the McDonald’s game is a spot for DeMatha in the DICK’S Sporting Goods National Championship in New York.
“Our first goal is to win the WCAC championship and the second goal is to get the national championship,” he said. “We’re on the right path.”
Fultz’s path will take him from Washington, D.C., to Washington state. He committed to the Huskies last summer.
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“I’m not really worried abut (the distance),” said Fultz. “If I’m fortunate to make it to the NBA, you have to travel around. I’ve been traveling for AAU. My mom understands and I understand what I have to do to be the best player I can be and go all the way to Washington.
“The school is a great fit with the way they play, the players they have there. The coaching staff are like mentors to me. They worry about academics and they show good support. It’s just the best fit for me.”
Fultz could be a huge part of a star backcourt of the future as Washington has a verbal commit from 2017 four-star shooting guard Daejon Davis from Lakeside (Seattle). Fultz is keeping a close eye on this year’s Huskies to be ready for his arrival.
“I’m watching all the games that I get my eyes on,” he said. “I’m watching the highlights for the ones I can’t. It’s great to see them doing so good. I hope they win the Pac-12 and so when I get there we can do it two times in a row.”
Fultz’s journey from playing on the JV as a sophomore to being ranked as the No. 10 player in the Class of 2016 has been well-chronicled. He said he was thrilled that he was able to share his selection to the McDonald’s game with his support system.
“There were a lot of people who came out who have been supporting me since I was little,” he said. “My coaches and teammates were here. It was a great honor. … ”
“Being selected means you’re one of the best in the country. This is one of the steps I had toward the goal of making to the NBA. This is a chance to showcase my talent against the best of the best and it’s for a good cause.”