HYATTSVILLE – DeMatha junior guard Markelle Fultz was greeted by Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon with open arms following his dynamic performance Saturday in the National High School Hoops Festival at Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium. Fultz, who finished with a team-high 16 points, sank a pair of free throws with 26.1 seconds remaining to […]
HYATTSVILLE – DeMatha junior guard Markelle Fultz was greeted by Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon with open arms following his dynamic performance Saturday in the National High School Hoops Festival at Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.
Fultz, who finished with a team-high 16 points, sank a pair of free throws with 26.1 seconds remaining to lift DeMatha to a 55-54 victory over Chaminade and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
The win helped the Stags remain unbeaten to start the 2014-2015 campaign.
“It felt pretty good,” said Fultz. “5-0 is really good. We don’t play until Saturday so it’s really good to have a good win over a long period of time.”
Chaminade, based in St. Louis, was led by their star forward, 6-foot-8 Jayson Tatum, who scored a game-high 24 points.
Tatum, who also registered eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, is the top-ranked player in the 2016 class and holds various offers from high-major college programs including Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas.
“He’s pretty good,” said Fultz. “We did good checking him though so it worked out for us.”
Meanwhile, the festival marked a homecoming for a pair of former DeMatha standouts who were back at the private school where they began their high school careers.
Oak Hill junior forward Joe Hampton, a Penn State commit, finished with 13 points and four rebounds in the Warriors’ 70-54 win over Paul VI.
“It feels great, man, coming to show off for my family and friends,” said Hampton. “I haven’t been home in a while, a couple months. I know everybody is happy to see me and I just wanted to put on a show for everybody.”
Montrose Christian guard Alani Moore, a junior who holds offers from Penn State, Rhode Island, Towson and High Point, scored a team-high 14 points and dished out eight assists in the Mustangs’ 72-55 loss to Canada’s Orangeville Prep.
A year ago, Fultz, Hampton and Moore were high school teammates at DeMatha but Hampton and Moore opted to depart over the summer.
Fultz said he wished both of his former teammates good luck in their games on Saturday.
“I keep in touch with them a lot,” said Fultz. “[I] plan to see them on the AAU circuit, hopefully.”