This is a very busy week in the recruiting world. Major division one basketball head coaches and assistant coaches have descended upon the Peach Jam to watch the countries best high school talent show their stuff. It's also significant as the coaches are able to mingle with the players face to face.
It's not unusual for players to receive offers from coaches on the spot, and that very thing happened to five star shooting guard Markelle Fultz:
5-star shooting guard Markelle Fultz has picked up an offer from #Kentucky— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 10, 2015
So, who is Markelle Fultz? According to Rivals he is the 23rd-ranked recruit in the 2016 class. He is 6'4, 180 pounds and attends DeMatha high school in Maryland. He already has offers from Arizona, Louisville, Texas, and Maryland, among others.
Even though Fultz didn't previously have an offer from the Kentucky Wildcats, he put them in his final list that includes theArizona Wildcats, the Kansas Jayhawks, the Louisville Cardinals, the Maryland Terrapins, the Miami Hurricanes, theTexas Longhorns, the Virginia Cavaliers, and the Georgetown Hoyas.
Kami Matiolli of the Sporting News caught up with Fultz at the Under Armour Finals last week and this is what he had to say about Kentucky:
He told Sporting News that Washington, Maryland, Arizona, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Kentucky were among the programs recruiting him the hardest, but backtracked on his February proclamation that Kentucky was his "dream school."
"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," he said. "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."
He's already taken an unofficial visit to Kentucky and Louisville, but it's the Cats that have now surged into the lead in his 24/7Sports Crystal Ball:
Fultz is the perfect player for Calipari and his theme of 'positionless basketball,' as the five-star guard can play point, shooting guard and small forward.
"Hopefully, I’ll be a versatile one that can play the two or the three," he previously told SNY.tv. "I’m transitioning myself into being a one right now."
He'll need to add some muscle to be able to hold up at the college level on the wing, but being able to play there would be critical to getting the kind of minutes at UK he'll want. As of now, five-star combo guard Kobi Simmons, five-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins and five-star wing Miles Bridges all have Kentucky as their leaders in their 24/7 Sports crystal ball predictions.
While no one should mistake the CB as be-all, end-all as to where a prospect will commit to, it does show which school(s) is among their strongest interests. Kentucky is in just about every high school recruit's strongest interests, but only so many spots are open here.
Here's some highlights of Fultz in action: