Since Washington Huskies star Markelle Fultz declared for the NBA Draft following his freshman season at the University of Washington, virtually every sports media outlet has projected the point guard to be the first overall pick.
Fultz joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and talked about the importance of being selected first overall. “It’s pretty big to me,” the soon to be 19-year-old said. “Just from all the work I’ve done since I’ve been a little kid to now. It’s always been my dream to be the number one pick, so that’s what I want to go do, so I hope everything works out.”
With the Boston Celtics owning the Brooklyn Nets’ first round pick, it means they have the best percentage chance of winning next week’s draft lottery. Fultz said he’d love to go to Boston and play with former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas.
“Isaiah is a great player himself, and being that he went to Washington, that would be a great thing,” Fultz said. “I just think the way we could play together, at the one and two, or wherever I think it would be one of the best backcourts in the country.”
As for the noise that fellow draftee and former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is saying about how he’s a superior player than Fultz and can lead a team better, the 2016 McDonald’s All-American finds it amusing.
“It’s something that I laugh at, but it’s also something that motivates me even more, just to prove everybody wrong,” Fultz said. “Obviously he’s a great competitor and he’s supposed to think that, but it just makes me go back in the gym and work even harder.”