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Get To Know Markelle Fultz

The Sporting News

Five-star shooting guard Markelle Fultz received the coveted scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky last night, after competing in front of John Calipari at the Under Armour All-America Camp. By my count, he is the 23rd prospect in the 2016 recruiting class to hold an offer from UK.

Let’s get to know a little more about him…


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Markelle Fultz
Shooting Guard
6-4, 170 lbs.
Hyattsville, MD (DeMatha Catholic)

Top247: 17 | 5 SG
247 Sports Composite: 15 | 5 SG
Rivals: 23 | 9 SG
ESPN: 21 | 5 SG
Scout: 22 | 4 SG


He has offers from Arizona, Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Louisville, among many others.

He took an unofficial visit to Louisville back in May and is high on the Cards. Arizona is in the early mix, too.

He was dying to get an offer from Kentucky.

Before receiving the scholarship offer yesterday, Fultz said he is going to keep working until one comes. He’s also hoping for Duke and North Carolina.

He once called UK his “dream school.”

“Kentucky is my dream school,” he told The Sporting News back in February. “I really haven’t been looking at the schools, and I’ve just been playing. But I like Kentucky. Staying home doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to somewhere I fit and get a good education. I know basketball won’t always be around.”

But then there’s this new quote that’s kind of confusing…

“It’s not really my dream school because it was my dream school when I was little. I didn’t know I was going to be this good. I always watched a lot of college basketball and they were the best. Now I like Kentucky, but I wouldn’t say it’s my dream school really because I’m older now and I know really what’s going to make the decision.”

Sooooo it used to be his dream school, I guess.

He visited Kentucky in May.

Fultz checked out the UK campus and facilities the day before Jamal Murray arrived on campus for his visit.

He thinks Coach Cal keeps it real all the time.

And real recognize real.

He wants to be a one-and-done.

Immediate playing time will factor into his decision. He hopes substantial minutes as a freshman will get him straight to the league after one season.

We call that “next” around here.

If basketball doesn’t pan out, he wants be an accountant.

So either way, money is in his future.

He has his own web series.

Episode 3 follows his visit to Lexington, where he began his day at Waffle House, of all places. I highly encourage you to check it out to see what it’s like to be a recruit touring campus for the first time.

The episode also tracks his unofficial visit to Louisville the following day.

Watch him work:

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for Get To Know Markelle Fultz

  1. BigBlueBlowUpDoll
    12:58 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    I want to hear a recruit say, “I want to win and do whatever it takes to help the team.” Not, ” I want immediate playing time”. Call me old fashioned I guess.

  2. WestWorld
    1:38 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    KY’s made 23 offers in the class of 2016? You sure? That seems high…

    • Dude
      2:24 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink


    • Scott M
      3:05 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

      Yes its been a little odd to see. I still have full faith in Cal and recruiting but this past year Cal has really had to broaden his offers. For the first 6 years he only offered a few of the select studs… and got a good chunk of his targets. But its becoming more and more competitive for those top recruits. This isn’t a sky is falling, its not, and Cals the best recruiter in the game. But its suddenly become much more difficult to snag those top guys and Cal’s had to respond accordingly.

  3. Kev
    2:01 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    “Me, Me, Me…..”

  4. Blue Mist
    6:15 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    What is the over/under on the number of lies Pitino told this kid?