Washington star freshman Markelle Fultz will miss Wednesday night’s game against No. 3 UCLA due to a lingering knee injury, according to multiple reports.
It’s the second-straight game Fultz has missed due to the injury and his fourth missed game in the last six.
Fultz missed Sunday’s loss to Washington State, and hasn’t played in a game since going for 38 minutes Feb. 18, in a loss to Arizona. With just one game left in the regular season and Washington currently sitting at 9-19 overall, there’s probably a sizable chance that the potential No. 1 overall NBA draft pick has played his final collegiate game.
It’s been a forgettable season for the Huskies outside of Fultz’s individual brilliance as they’ve currently loss 10 straight and are heavy underdogs in their final two games. As bad as Washington has been, Fultz has put up monster numbers and done little to have NBA teams doubt his talent or future. 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from distance.
If Fultz does go first in June’s draft, he’ll be the second-straight top draft pick to come and go from one season in college without an NCAA tournament appearance after LSU’s Ben Simmons suffered the same fate a year ago. That ignominy wasn’t enough to immediately Johnny Jones his job with the Tigers, but it remains unclear if Lorenzo Romar will get the same reprieve with another potential No. 1 pick, Michael Porter, Jr. set to join the Huskies next season.