Freshmen Star Markelle Fultz Failed To Take The University of Washington To The NCAA Tournament

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Markelle Fultz (left) & Lorenzo Romar (right)

Lottery pick Markelle Fultz and Lorenzo Romar season did not go according to plan.

BREAKING NEWS! As of right now Lorenzo Romar will remain as the University of Washington men’s basketball team head coach next year, but UW is still evaluating other options. The city of Seattle must be pissed to hear this shocking news. This season the Huskies are a disappointing 9-21 heading into the Pac-12 tournament. Fultz suffered an injury that took him out of conference play, and the Huskies fell off the map and kissed their chance of reaching the NCAA tournament once again this season.

The way the Huskies played this season you would have thought that Lorenzo Romar was going to be fired as head coach. This is one of the most disappointing season’s in UW history, especially with a top lottery pick in Markelle Fultz who is leaving after his poor freshmen season.

At this rate the Huskies will fall once again to USC for their final conference game of the season, and will end up 9-22 overall and 2-17 in the Pac-12 conference at the end of the season. 12 in a row loses the Huskies suffered majority of their season, and it did not help that Fultz suffered an injury for a portion of games.

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Markelle Fultz (20) & Lonzo ball (2)

No tournament this year

The Pac-12 tournament is coming soon, and as of right now the Huskies are in no shape of making an impact in the Pac-12 tournament. If Markelle Fultz misses the first game of the tournament, it will be good-bye Huskies as they would most likely lose to whoever they face. Fultz, one of the 15 finalist for the John R. Wooden award that’s given to the nation’s most outstanding player, will not win the Pac-12 tournament or make it to the NCAA tournament as sad as it sounds.

Washington’s Markelle Fultz was named to all-Pac-12 team and the Pac-12’s all-freshmen list despite being dead last in conference play. The Huskies point guard is averaging 23.2 scoring average in the Pac-12. Although his stats are showing that he is a force to be reckoned with, Fultz was still not capable of leading his teammates to a winning season.

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Fultz (20) & Trier (35)

The end of the season

Even though, Fultz supporting cast was not as talented as Lonzo Ball (UCLA) or Dillon Brooks (Oregon) he did the best he could with what he was given. Last year, Fultz thought rookies San Antonio Spurs Dejounte Murry and Phoenix Suns Marquese Chriss were going to stay at the University of Washington when Fultz committed. Just imagine if those two would have stayed, who know’s maybe the Huskies would be nationally ranked in the country.

Another year has gone and I will not see the University of Washington men’s basketball team reach the NCAA tournament. My dreams have been crushed once again, to see UW not make an appearance in the tournament for another year. UW has been producing NBA athletes for some years now, but that does not mean anything because every year UW loses and their best player declares into the NBA draft after the season ends. UW can never build a powerhouse team because athletes always are one-and-done there. Which is bad tradition!

Next season is the ultimate test for the dawgs, where they will have the nation’s top player in Michael Porter Jr., who just won a 3A state championship at Nathan Hale high school this year. The Huskies are expecting Porter Jr. and a handful of new talent, to bring a new style of competitiveness to University of Washington next season. In hopes to reach the NCAA tournament!

 

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Can UW Star Markelle Fultz Lead The Huskies To A Win Before The Season Ends

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Despite Markelle Fultz being one of the top guards to come out of University of Washington and a top lottery pick going into the NBA draft this June the Huskies still can’t seem to win any games.

Another year has gone and the University of Washington men’s basketball team led by top NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz, has failed to attempt to make it to the NCAA March Madness tournament. UW has not made it to the tournament since 2011, despite UW receiving NBA ready prospects each year, the huskies cannot make an impact in the Pac-12 conference especially this season.

UW has been terrible this season, despite having Markelle Fultz lead the huskies. But remember basketball is a team effort, and that is what the huskies are lacking this season.

The huskies overall record is 9-18 and in conference play 2-13. This is one of the huskies worst season ever, since Lorenzo Romar has coached. Although Romar says that Fultz is the best UW guard ever, that still does not matter despite having such a poor record and not being able to lead the huskies to the tournament.

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Washinton has three more games to end the regular season, before heading into the Pac-12 tournament. The huskies are facing Washington state rival the Washington State Cougars (12-15 overall; 5-10 in Pac-12), who are surprisingly better than the huskies this season.

Last time the two Washington team’s met, WSU got the better of the huskies the first time they faced-off. I believe that the huskies can steal this victory which will bring confidence towards the husky team going into their next game against UCLA.

The following game is against the No. 5 team in the nation and No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 conference the UCLA Bruins (24-3 overall; 11-3 in Pac-12). Last time around the bruins ran all over the huskies in their own gym, and this time the huskies will be playing in UCLA’s gym. UCLA top player and top lottery pick in Lonzo Ball exposed the huskies defense last time they met. I believe that the huskies will lose again, since UCLA is a deep team and can expose their opponents in anyway. So I think that the huskies will fall again to UCLA.

The final game for the huskies is against the USC Trojans, who they lost to last time they met each other. USC (21-6 overall; 8-6 in Pac-12) has been a surprise in the Pac-12 this season, compare to their previous years being at the bottom of the conference. Last time the huskies and trojans met, the trojans defeated the huskies easily during the second half. I think this time around the huskies could have a shot at defeating the trojans, if the huskies can pull their defense together and not let go of the lead then the huskies are sure to win.

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So coming to a conclusion, my opinion stands that the University of Washington men’s basketball team could win 2-3 games remaining the season. If you look at the numbers the huskies are always in the game during the first half, besides the UCLA game where they got exposed from start to finish. If the huskies can tigten up their defense they can pull off some up-sets to end the season. But despite that I believe that Fultz will challenge his teammates to become more motivated to win their final three games before Fultz enter’s the NBA draft during June.

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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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