No basketball player from D.C., Maryland or Virginia has been selected first overall in the NBA Draft since 1971.
That's all about to change.
University of Washington star guard Markelle Fultz is widely regarded as the top prospect in this year's draft, and the Upper Marlboro, Md. native who doubles as a DeMatha High School legend is ready to take the leap.
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Fultz became the first college player in the last 25 years to average at least 23 points, 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. He's a complete player, and it's easy to see why a team like the Celtics, who own the first overall pick thanks to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, would be eager to acquire him.
The Celtics emerged as a potential long term rival for John Wall and the Wizards this year, winning their second round series in seven games. Next year, it could be a local kid shooting the dagger into the hearts of D.C. fans while wearing Celtic green.