A sore right knee will likely force Washington star Markelle Fultz to miss Wednesday’s game at No. 3 UCLA, which would be the fourth time he’s sat out in the past six games.
Will Markelle Fultz play again this season?
Did the Washington Huskies star come back too soon from a knee injury that’s forced him to miss three of the past five games?
Can the UW men’s basketball team snap its 10-game losing streak, the longest in school history, on Wednesday and somehow capture an upset at No. 3 UCLA against the nation’s highest-scoring team that handed the Huskies a 41-point defeat in their last meeting?
Those were the questions facing Lorenzo Romar on Tuesday.
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For starters, the UW coach isn’t sure if Fultz will play Wednesday and couldn’t guarantee the dynamic point guard will ever suit up for the Huskies again.
“He’s feeling a little bit better, but not to the point where the doctors have cleared him,” Romar said. “So we got to wait. We’ll see.”
Fultz missed the Feb. 9 game at Colorado and Feb. 11 contest at Utah due to what’s been described as right knee soreness.
He returned the following week for a pair of games against Arizona State and Arizona. During his last appearance, Fultz finished with 26 points and six assists during a 76-68 loss to the Wildcats in the home finale in front of 9,462 at Alaska Airlines Arena, including a handful of family members and friends from his hometown Upper Marlboro, Md.
The game was billed as Senior Night and a chance for UW fans to say goodbye to senior center Malik Dime.
It retrospect, it may have been the last college game for Fultz, who is projected to be a top three pick in this summer’s NBA draft.
He sat on the bench Sunday during Washington’s 79-71 defeat at Washington State and barring an unexpected change in diagnosis in the past 24 hours, Fultz will miss Wednesday’s game at UCLA.