Star freshman point guards Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball are already considered the top picks of the NBA draft

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Lonzo Ball (left) Markelle Fultz (right)

Will Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball be the better NBA PG to help teams out?

Sometimes basketball games do not live up to the hype.

Let’s review the February 4, 2017 game against the top two star freshmen Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball squared off in Seattle to battle, who is the best freshmen point guard in the country and to test their individual skills out. Considered talent shown by the No. 1 and No. 2 draft prospects when they met each other Saturday night. All the NBA scouts and executives who traveled to the state of Washington for the matchup, was expecting a high quality performance from both

In front of 10,000 at Alaska Airlines Arena and the first sellout in five years , the Huskies (9-14, 2-9 in Pac-12) lost their fifth straight game and fell to 9-14 and 2-9 in the Pac-12. Going into the game the favorited team the UCLA Bruin’s was already expecting the victory coming into the game. The Huskies faced off against No. 11 UCLA and lost 107-66, it was the most points for UW to give up against an opponent. Despite Fultz lose he managed to score 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, but he also had five turnovers and forced a few shots. The only reason Fultz turn the ball over and forced shots, is because his teammates were lacking the skills they needed to help Fultz.

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Lonzo Ball (2)

The marquee match up between UW and UCLA or Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, however you want to say Lonzo Ball outshines Markelle Fultz in matchup between possible No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft. Ball’s UCLA team dominated from the start to finish. Fultz’s UW team struggled for most part of the game, which led to a huge lead by UCLA to win the game.

As of right now UCLA is No. 10 in the new AP poll and has a legitimate chance to make the Final Four, while Washington is a long shot just to make the NIT at 9-14 overall. Does this mean Fultz’s lacks the ability to be a star since he loses and Ball is a winner who makes his teammates better? Well, not quite.

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Markelle Fultz (20)

So who is better Fultz or Ball?

In my opinion I believe that the better NBA point guard between the two freshmen stars is Markelle Fultz. Going into the college season Markelle Fultz, was seen has the best player entering the 2017 NBA draft come around June. Despite all the hype and praise Fultz received coming into the season, going to the University of Washington has made it difficult for Fultz to be recognized as a winner. However, the type of things Fultz can do with the ball, is impressive despite his lack of teammates. Fultz’s is averaging a season high 23.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.6 steals, 50.2 2-pt%, 42.1 3-pt% on a not so good team like Ball. The reason I think Fultz is still a superior athlete despite his team never winning, is his ability to play the pick-and-roll game. Fultz is a natural at doing pick-and-roll plays for his teammates, which will make him a great point guard at the NBA level.

Washington and UCLA meet next on March 1 at UCLA. I can guarantee that Washington will make the game competitive, but I will be watching closely to see how Fultz and Ball square off for round two.

I believe that if Fultz can pick up his defensive effort and prevent Ball from out smarting him on defense, it will say a lot for Fultz NBA future. I think that both Fultz and Ball be great add-ons for any NBA team who picks them, but I feel that Markelle Fultz will bring more to the table with his skilled dribbling and making plays in transition, quick first step and is always a threat, ability to score, pass, athleticism and leadership. It all depends on what teams are looking for during draft night, but I still stick with Markelle Fultz being the better NBA point guard.

 

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