One of the top guards in the 2016 class is off the board after Markelle Fultz committed to the Washington Huskies Friday night.
Fultz, a 6-4, 180-pound combo guard from DeMatha high school in Maryland, announced his pledge live on ESPNU while competing in the Under Armour Elite 24 slam dunk and three-point contests in Brooklyn. His finalists were the Arizona Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, and the aforementioned Huskies.
24/7 Sports has Fultz ranked as the No. 7 overall player in the Class of 2016. ESPN has him at 21st while Rivals has him at 23rd. He's been blowing up over the summer and ended up getting offers from nearly every major college basketball program.
In the month of August, Fultz took visits to Arizona, Louisville, and Washington. He was considering an official visit to Kentucky, but opted to go ahead and pick a school now.
It was the Kentucky Wildcats who were once viewed as the favorite for Fultz. Just last month, national recruiting 'expert' Jerry Meyer said he'sd be shocked if Fultz didn't end up at UK. Fultz even said in the past that UK was his "dream school." Though he's backtracked from that, it did show how strongly interested in UK Fultz was, and it appears to be growing as the summer rolled on.
With Fultz off the board, John Calipari and Kentucky will not focus on other elite 2016 guard targets, including De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith Jr., Rawle Alkins, and Kobi Simmons. All four guards are still very much considering UK. It also appears UK is in a great position with Simmons, which should be even better with Fultz no longer being an option.
If you follow the crystal ball predictions on 24/7 Sports, UK is the favorite for Fox, Simmons and Alkins right now. Simmons is set to visit UK on August 28, while Alkins will visit for Big Blue Madness on October 16. Simmons even went as far as to say, "I'm their guy" regarding UK's recruitment of him.