|Full Name:||Markelle N’Gai Fultz|
|Place of Birth:||Prince George’s County, Maryland|
Markelle N’Gai Fultz was born on May 29, 1998, in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Markelle was born to his mother Ebony, alongside his older sister Shauntese. His father abandoned the family at an early age. Markelle went on to attend DeMatha Catholic High in Hyattsville, Maryland. Before the start of his senior season, Fultz made a verbal commitment to the University of Washington Huskies.
The McDonald’s All-American went on to play one season for the Huskies before entering the 2017 NBA Draft. Markelle Fultz was selected 1st overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Fultz played two seasons for the 76ers before being traded to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks. Markelle Fultz is currently a member of the Orlando Magic.
Markelle Fultz attended the basketball powerhouse, Dematha Catholic High, for his high school career. In his freshman year, Fultz was stuck playing for the freshman team. In his sophomore year, Fultz was cut for the varsity team and placed on the junior varsity team. Fultz absolutely dominated the junior varsity level. Finally, in his junior year, Fultz became a starter for Dematha’s varsity team. As a junior, Fultz tallied 16.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.
Before the start of his senior year, Fultz verbally committed to the University of Washington Huskies. While dominating in his senior year, Fultz set the school’s single-season assists record with 278 assists. He also led Deamatha to back-to-back conference championships.
Fultz went on to play in the 206 McDonald’s All-American game. Following the end of his high school career, the 5-star recruit was off to the University of Washington.
Markelle Fultz entered the University of Washington with hopes of playing with Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss. However, both freshmen decided to leave Washington for the NBA, leaving Fultz with a depleted Huskies lineup. In his debut, Fultz poured in 30 points against the Yale Bulldogs. In his one season for the Huskies, Fultz averaged 23.2 points per game, the highest scoring average in the Pac-12 in 20 years. He also tallied 5.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. After his fantastic freshman year, Fultz was named to the First-Team All-Pac-12 and Third-Team All-American.
Following his one year at Washington, Fultz declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Markelle Fultz was drafted with the first overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017 NBA Draft. He inked his name with the 76ers with a four-year deal on July 8. In his NBA debut on October 18, Fultz tallied 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist off the bench. From there, Fultz’s career became weird, to say the least. Fultz’s shooting became a massive problem, and his shooting form completely changed quickly. This was deemed a scapular muscle imbalance, effecting his shoulder. Fultz was quickly ruled out indefinitely. Many began to question whether Fultz’s issue was a physical or mental issue. Fultz later said that it was a physical shoulder injury that caused his shooting woes. Fultz did eventually come back, after flirting with the idea of missing the entire season. In his return, his form was noticeably different, and he managed to record 10 points and 8 assists. Shortly after, on April 11, Fultz became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.
In the following season, Fultz became the starting shooting guard for the 2018-19 season. However, just 15 games into the year, the Philadephia 76ers acquired Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fultz lost his starting role to Butler, while again suffering from a mysterious shoulder injury. Fultz was ruled out indefinitely with thoracic outlet syndrome, a disorder that affects the nerves in the neck and shoulder, which hinders his ability to shoot a basketball.
While working through this issue, Markelle was traded to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathan Simmons, an Oklahoma City Thunder first-round pick, and a Cleveland Cavaliers 2nd round pick. The Orlando Magic knew of Fultz’s severe injury and did not want him to play in the season they acquired him. The following year, Fultz made his debut for the Magic in the season opener on October 23, 2019. In his debut, he scored 12 points, but more importantly, he looked healthy and comfortable on the court. Since then, Fultz has shown promise on the court for the Magic.
Markelle Fultz’s current net worth is unknown. In his four years in the NBA, Fultz has earned a total of $25,111,320. He is currently on a 4-year, $37.400,017 contract with the Orlando Magic, that they acquired via trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. This contract pays him an average annual salary of $9,350,004. Upon being selected with the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz inked a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike. The monetary details of this deal are undisclosed.
Markelle Fultz was born in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Markelle was born to his mother Ebony, alongside his older sister Shauntese. His father abandoned the family at an early age. Fultz found a liking for basketball, and without his father in the picture, Markelle developed a mentor relationship with a local instructor, Keith Williams.
In high school, Fultz was friends with the Washington Football Team defensive lineman Chase Young.