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What can Washington expect from freshman Markelle Fultz?

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz also considered Arizona and Louisville in the recruiting process. Stephen Brashear/ESPN Images

Editor's note: The 2016-2017 college basketball season will be the "Year of the Freshmen," featuring what could be the best class we've ever seen. Over the next two weeks, we will get familiar with the best of the best, examining who they are and where each of the top 10 prospects in the 2016 ESPN 100 came from.

Read more: No. 10 Duke's Frank JacksonInsider | No. 9 Kentucky's Malik MonkInsider No. 8 Michigan State's Miles BridgesInsider | No. 7 Washington's Markelle Fultz
No. 6 Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox | No. 5 Kentucky's Bam Adebayo
No. 4 UCLA's Lonzo Ball | No. 3 Duke's Jayson Tatum
No. 2 Kansas' Josh Jackson | No. 1 Duke's Harry Giles


Markelle Fultz's story is well-known at this point. He was cut from his varsity team at DeMatha Catholic (Maryland) as a sophomore, then blew up during his junior season and moved into five-star status as a senior. As he enters his freshman season at Washington, Fultz is considered one of the best guards in the country and a potential one-and-done NBA lottery pick. Coach Lorenzo Romar has a special talent on his hands.