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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Former Trail Blazers Star Brandon Roy Has Become An Elite High School Basketball Coach In Seattle

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Brandon Roy head coach of Nathan Hale

How an Ex-NBA player turns a basketball team into the No. 1 3A team in Washington and top 10 high school team in the nation.

Former University of Washington Huskies and Portland Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy was once a star in college and the NBA. Now, he’s helping his own community out at the high school level in Seattle, Washington with a lot of talent and skill.

Brandon Roy is a first-year head coach at Nathan Hale high school located in north Seattle area. Roy was hired last year, taking a 3-18 overall record team to a 24-0 overall season this year. Take about major upgrade!

Brandon Roy made history taking a 3-18 team last year, to a 24-0 record this season leading Hale to their first Seattle Metro League boys basketball championship since 1992. Nathan Hale is now a perfect 24-0 and a top 10 nationally ranked high school basketball program.In Roy first season as head coach he was able to turn around a 3-18 team into a 24-0 team.

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Brandon Roy coaching Nathan Hale

The Miracle Man

Since Brandon Roy has joined Nathan Hale boy’s basketball team, Roy has received new player’s and changed the Raider’s program from losing to winning. Just a thought, how much of an impact did Brandon Roy change the high school team from losing to winning? Well, Roy has made the biggest impact in Nathan Hale history by turning their program around and making them the top team in the state of Washington and top 10 nationally ranked team in the nation.

To me it’s crazy how much a coach can have an influence on kid’s decision, to transfer schools based on a head coach status. Not to mention Brandon Roy is a hometown favorite who went to Garfield high school, and attended the University of Washington, where he led the Huskies to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen twice in a row.

Nathan Hale also has one of the top players in the country in Michael Porter Jr., who is ranked No.1 for the class of 2017. Porter Jr. and his younger brother’s have joined him at Hale, as well a top 25 recruit in the class of 2019 P.J. Fuller and other new transfers. Roy has one of the top player’s in the nation who he has the privilege to coach and mentor.

Next season Michael Porter Jr. will attend the University of Washington as a top ranked freshmen. Porter Jr. is already considered a top lottery pick in the NBA, and he will be a one-and-done athlete after his freshman year to the NBA.

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Brandon Roy hugs his star Michael Porter Jr. after defeating the No. 1-ranked team

The Coach

Nathan Hale is playing in the 3A state tournament this week, and is the top seed in their bracket. My predictions are Hale will go all the way to the finals, and win the 3A state title. The reason why I believe Hale has the best chance of taking it all is because, for starters Hale has the top player in the nation in Michael Porter Jr. point proven, a head coach who has played at all level’s of competitive basketball in Brandon Roy and a balanced team who is not selfish.

Currently undefeated in the state of Washington and ranked No. 6 nationally, Hale has proven themselves against some of the country’s top basketball teams and one.  The team winning makes Brandon Roy seem much like, the all time best high school coach in the state. It also helps that he as a perfect record of 24-0 overall in his first year. Impressive! Brandon Roy will go down as one of the top high school basketball coaches, in the state of Washington.

That is why if the University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar does not win next year with Michael Porter Jr., you can consider his job in jeopardy. I see a bright future that Brandon Roy could be the next head coach at his alma mater at the University of Washington as a Husky.

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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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Is Markelle Fultz among Washington Huskies top guards ever

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Lorenzo Romar considers Markelle Fultz the best guard he ever coached, despite coaching UW legends Brandon Roy and Isaiah Thomas.

Although the University of Washington Huskies men’s basketball program has been a sure disappointment this season, Markelle Fultz is the talk around Seattle, Washington. Lorenzo Romar the head coach of the UW Huskies has always had talent, especially at the guard position such as greats like Brandon Roy, Isaiah Thomas, Nate Robinson, Tony Wroten, Terrance Ross and recently Dejounte Murray. Romar has always produced “1-and-done” talent at Hec Ed Pavillion, and went to the NBA but this year is a different story.

Markelle Fultz, who entered this season as one of the nation’s top basketball recruits was seen high expectations from the city of Seattle and the nation to bring the University of Washington back to the NCAA tournament. Star freshmen Markelle Fultz is projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft this June. But, that  does not matter since Fultz’s and the Huskies are struggling in the Pac-12 this season. The Huskies are now 9-12 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12 ranking them No. 11 in conference play. Fultz’s is averaging 23.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

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For starters, the Huskies basketball team has underperformed thus far and hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2010-11 season. Despite the Huskies having a struggling season, Lorenzo Romar believes that Markelle Fultz is the best player he had a privilege to coach. Even though Romar had greats like Brandon Roy and Isaiah Thomas, he feels that Fultz’s brings a totally different package to the Huskies with a variety of shooting from behind the arc, creating shots, ball dominance, court vision and under the radar athleticism. Fultz’s is the ideal new-age NBA point guard who can do it all, but besides to win basketball games. Is it his fault or the coaching staff? One may wonder what the issue seem’s to be for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies this season.

 

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Why UW?

One may think why did Markelle Fultz select UW to play his collegiate season? Fultz received a lot of offers to play for any college in the nation. The reason for Markelle going to UW is Lorenzo Romar, connection between each other. Markelle feels that he trusts Romar plan for the young star athlete, and he fits into Romar system and he can help him develop his game to the next level.

Both Brandon Roy and Isaiah Thomas lead UW to an NCAA appearance, but as of right now the young core Huskies will not be going to the tournament again after the season ends. What does this mean for Lorenzo Romar will he still be head coach? As of right now the University feel’s confident with Romar, since he produces NBA guards frequently. After, this season the Huskies will be adding All-American five star recruit and lottery draft pick Michael Porter Jr. to the men’s Huskies team next season. Will Romar change next season’s new Huskies and win the Pac-12 tournament and go to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010-11 season.

 

Source: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/uw-husky-basketball/watch-lorenzo-romar-rates-markelle-fultz-among-greatest-uw-guards/

 

Michael Porter Jr. and the Nathan Hale Raiders defeat Oak Hill Acdemy at Hoophall Classic

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Jan. 16, 2017- Micheal Porter Jr. and Nathan Hale player’s receive bragging rights and trophy during the MLK classic against Oak hill academy

All-American Micheal Porter Jr. shows off his skills while defeating No. 7 Oak Hill Academy

Seattle Washington newest elite basketball player Michael Porter Jr. coming out of Nathan Hale High school in north Seattle, was the talk of the Martin Luther King day basketball classic tournament. Nathan Hale played against one of the premier basketball prep schools in the country Oak Hill Academy. Nathan Hale put away Oak Hill Academy 80-77.

The All-American Michael Porter Jr. dropped 37 points as the Raiders topped one of the best prep schools in the country. Porter also delivered  five rebounds with four assists and three steals in the game that was broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.

“Maybe this is the first time a lot of people have seen us play, but (Porter) is the type of guy that tried to do everything and he can do a lot,” Nathan Hale coach Brandon Roy said.

Oak Hill, ranked No. 7 in the nation and Nathan Hale ranked No. 8, the Raiders (14-0) proves that Hale is a power house in the state of Washington.

Porter Jr. was not alone in this win with teammate help from P.J. Fuller II who also sparked an offensive game, by dropping 17 points to match Porter Jr.  Micheal’s younger brother Jontay Porter who had 13 points with seven rebounds and a few assists.

As you can see Porter Jr. is a humble kid who values his teammates effort and support to lead the Raiders to defeat Oak Hill Academy. Be on the look out for the Raider’s to make an impact from here on out, where they are hoping to make it to the state tournament and win it all.

Michael Porter Jr. has recently committed to the University of Washington men’s basketball program.  Michael Porter Jr. is rated No. 2 in ESPN for class of 2017. In hopes of the Huskies returning to the Pac-12 tournament after failing to reach it multiple times, the Huskies are confident that come around 2017-2018 season the Huskies will make a return to the NCAA division I tournament.

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Height over Heart

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets

NBA Rumors: Sixers looking to add depth in Point guard position

Local Seattle Washington native,  former University of Washington standout and a successful business man in the greater Seattle area, Nate Robinson is looking to make a return to the NBA.

Most of us know of Robinson’s success in the league, from his notorious slam dunks, quickness, speed, ball handling skills, 3-point shooting expertise and of course his height. It takes more heart then height for Nate Robinson to be successful athlete.

The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to upgrade their point guard rotation, and to add more scoring for their team. It appears they are looking at a wide variety of guards who can fit into their 15th man roster.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are scouting point guards Nate Robinson, Jordan Farmer and Yogi Farrell as potential targets to sign for a 10-day contract and hopefully stay on the team for the remainder of the 2016-2017 NBA season.

With a few of the Sixers starting guards being sidelined due to injuries, only one guard remains healthy.

Robinson has already spent majority of the time in the NBA as a “role” player. At the age of 32, Robinson last played two games with the New Orleans Pelicans last season, before being waived and tried out for the Seattle Seahawks as a wide receiver.

Look for Nate Robinson to make an NBA comeback within these few days for the remainder of the season.

Source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/40671/nba-rumor-central-sixers-looking-to-add-point-guard-depth