With averages of 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.7 rebound per game this season, Markelle Fultz is giving NBA teams a reason to tank for the highly coveted first overall pick in this year’s draft. He is arguably the most complete player and scorer in college ball and lacks any major holes in his game. The greatest aspect of Fultz, perhaps, is his background. Unlike most superstars, Fultz wasn’t born talented or athletically gifted. Standing at only 5’9 in his sophomore year of high school, Fultz was cut from his high school varsity team due to his lack of athleticism and skill. Instead, basketball was a skill Fultz crafted. He played hard every night on the JV team, hired a personal trainer, and developed his game in the offseason. Over time, his efforts paid off. Fultz grew taller and his athleticism increased, allowing him to become one of the nation’s best point guards. Now, Fultz is 6’4 and looks to dominate in the NBA. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard, Markelle.
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