Markelle Fultz: “I want to be the No. 1 pick really bad”


Markelle Fultz is going to get his wish.

He will be the No. 1 pick in this draft — and he should be. Don’t get swallowed up in the Lonzo Ball hype, there’s excellent reasons almost everyone has Fultz higher on their boards. Read our breakdown. He is the top rated player for good reason.

Fultz wants the Celtics to take him No. 1, and he’s spoken to Boston’s Danny Ainge, as he told Chris Forsberg of ESPN.

“I’ve talked to Danny a few times, and they want to get me to come out there for a visit,” Fultz told ESPN. “They just want to get a chance to know me better as a person.”

“I want to be the No. 1 pick really bad,” Fultz added. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid, and I feel like I would fit well in Boston.”

At some point soon, Fultz said he will work out for Boston.

There’s nothing really surprising here. Of course Fultz wants to be the No. 1 pick, what kind of competitor wouldn’t? And of course he wants to be selected by Boston, look at that team — it’s combination of players and assets — and it’s not hard to imagine the next power in the East.

The difference between him and most people is Fultz is going to get what he wants. The question Celtics fans have to wonder is what he does once he gets it.