The two top 2017 draft prospects on lousy college teams are turning pro.
First, reportedly, North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. And, now, Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.
Fultz is the most complete prospect in this draft. He scores inside and out, sets up teammates and defends — with size and athleticism that instill faith in his ability to translate to the pros.
That well-rounded game has Fultz in the running to be the No. 1 pick, though a late knee injury raises concern. Fultz’s main competition: UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, who’s even taller and has more tantalizing athleticism.
Fultz’s season is over, Washington finishing 9-22. His case for the top pick is strong, and he’s probably favored right now. But Ball can keep building through the NCAA tournament and maybe set up an intriguing battle for the No. 1 pick during the pre-draft process.