Washington’s Markelle Fultz says he’s going to the NBA

Potential No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz says goodbye to the Huskies after one season on Montlake.

Washington freshman guard Markelle Fultz ended his collegiate career and will enter the NBA draft.

Fultz, who is a probable No. 1 overall pick, released a video on his Twitter account Friday saying goodbye to UW Husky fans.

“It’s been an honor to play in front of you and I really appreciate all of the support you guys have given me,” he said. “After sitting down with my mom and the coaching staff I’ve made the decision to enter the NBA draft.

“Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, it’s really truly been a blessing to be here and I’ve learned plenty of life lessons on and off the court, especially from Coach Ro (Lorenzo Romar) and his coaching staff. I’m always going to be a Husky for life. Go Dawgs.”

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Fultz’s 23.3 scoring average led the Pac-12 and ranks second in Washington history for a single season. He also set a UW freshman record with  579 points. In addition, he averaged 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks.

The 6-foot-4 point guard from Maryland is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the June 22 draft by NBAdraft.net, Draft Express, ESPN, CBSsports.com and Sports Illustrated.

“The last three years of Markelle Fultz’s basketball career have been nothing short of amazing,” Romar said in a statement released by UW. “He has made one of the quickest improvements of any athlete I’ve seen in a long time. Markelle has decided to enter the NBA Draft and we totally support his decision.

“We appreciate him giving his all, on and off the court, while he was part of our program and I will enjoy watching him play for many years to come. Even though he was only here for a short time, I truly believe he will be a Husky for life and that started before he even enrolled at UW as he went and supported our women’s…

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