Philadelphia takes the guard, who becomes the first No. 1 pick in Husky basketball history and gives Washington the top pick in the NBA and WNBA drafts, a first for any school.
CAMDEN, N.J. — The Philadelphia 76ers have put The Process in the hands of Washington guard Markelle Fultz.
Fultz, the 6-foot-4 guard, was selected No. 1 in the NBA draft Thursday and joined former LSU guard Ben Simmons as consecutive top picks for the Sixers.
Widely reviled and also admired, the Sixers’ plan — dubbed “The Process” — to go from worst-to-first by openly stripping the roster bare of talent to lose and gobble draft picks has resulted in Joel Embiid, Simmons and now Fultz.
Embiid and Dario Saric will finish in the top three when rookie of the year results are announced on June 26, and Simmons is expected to be ready for next season after recovering from foot surgery.
Embiid welcomed Fultz to Philly with a tweet where he proclaimed the new nickname was FEDS: Fultz, Embiid, Dario, Simmons.
“He used to tweet and retweet my stuff,” Fultz said. “Once he figured out I had a chance to go there, he started showing more love and everything like that.”
Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring, finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.
“Everyone knows what that level of talent is going to mean to us becoming more competitive team,” team president Bryan Colangelo. “We are a team on the rise in so many different ways. We are an organization on the rise in so many different ways.”
Could it be that Fultz’s arrival mean The Process is finished?