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Lonzo Ball: I'm Better Than Markelle Fultz

Mar 28, 2017 3:04 PM

Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz are widely considered the top-2 players in the 2017 NBA Draft class. The two players figure to be compared to each other endlessly between now and June's draft.

"Markelle's a great player, but I feel I'm better than him," said Ball. "I think I can lead a team better than him," Ball added. "Obviously he's a great scorer -- he's a great player, so I'm not taking that away from him."

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game as a freshman this season, but Washington had a 9-22 record.

Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 assists per game while leading UCLa to the Sweet 16.


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Michael Porter Jr. Asks For Release From NLI From Washington

Mar 22, 2017 5:40 PM

Michael Porter Jr. has asked for his release from his letter of intent from the University of Washington. 

Porter is widely considered the top recruit in the country.

The decision was prompted by the firing of coach Lorenzo Romar and parts of his coaching staff, including Porter’s father, Michael Porter Sr.

“I was ready to go to UW and make a big difference,” said Porter Jr. said. “Not saying I won’t still go there, but it was unfortunate. At the same time, it’s exciting to see what God has planned for me…I plan to get that (release) and reopen my options. Washington is definitely still on the list.”

Mike Hopkins was hired to replace Romar. 

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I think I probably will meet with him at some point,” Porter Jr. said of Hopkins.

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Markelle Fultz Declares For 2017 NBA Draft

Mar 10, 2017 1:40 PM

Markelle Fultz has announced he will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

"What's up Husky fans? Markelle Fultz here. I just wanted to say it's been an honor to play in front of you guys and I really appreciate all of the support you guys have given me," said Fultz in a video on his Twitter feed.

"After sitting down with my mom and the coaching staff, I have made the decision to enter the NBA draft."

Fultz is expected to be the first or second selection in the draft.

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