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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Markelle Fultz Edition

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As the July recruiting period rolls on, John Calipari is spending this week watching 2016 star Markelle Fultz at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta.

In the past week alone, Fultz, a five-star shooting guard, has picked up offers from Kentucky and North Carolina. The UK offer came during last week’s Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte. There, Fultz led everyone in scoring with an average of 22.8 points across four games, including a 35-point performance in front of Calipari.

Not only is Fultz immensely talented on the court, but appears to be very humble off it as well.

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