NBA Draft is highlighted by two local former high school players

Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz. FILE PHOTOThe first round of the 2017 NBA Draft was bookended by a pair of local products – Upper Marlboro’s Markelle Fultz and Silver Spring native Josh Hart.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz, a 2016 DeMatha graduate, with the first overall selection. Fultz, who attended James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, became the first Prince George’s County product to ever be selected No. 1 overall.
“It is with great Prince George’s County pride that I congratulate Upper Marlboro’s very own Markelle Fultz on becoming the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft,” Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin said in a news release. “Markelle’s work ethic and determination are a result of his outstanding character and the wonderful influence of his family, especially his mother, Ebony Fultz, and the community that nurtured him. Markelle overcame being cut from his high school basketball team as a sophomore to become the country’s most sought after college talent. In three and a half years’ time, Markelle went from being a junior varsity high school basketball player to the top pick in the NBA Draft. Markelle, Prince George’s County congratulates you. We celebrate your incredible successes and are excited about the promise of your next great steps in the NBA. May God bless and guide your future, for the best is yet to come.”


Former DeMatha graduate to be top NBA draft pick

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Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz.     PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS  2016 DeMatha graduate Markelle Fultz is expected to be the top overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

If that happens, Fultz will become the first DeMatha product ever selected with the top pick in the draft.

That’s quite impressive when you consider the talent that has come through the Hyattsville private school over the years.

“That’s huge,” said Potomac resident Mamadi Diane, a 2005 DeMatha graduate who played at the University of Virginia. “That’s a great feat in itself. I know the folks at DeMatha are very excited.”


Former All-Sentinel Player Selected in NBA Draft

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Patrick McCawPatrick McCaw, Montrose Christian alum, when he signed his letter of intent to attend UNLV in May of 2014. FILE PHOTO 

Patrick McCaw is staying out west after the Milwaukee Bucks selected the 2014 Montrose Christian graduate early in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft and then dealt the 6-foot-7 shooting guard to the Golden State Warriors for financial considerations.


Josh Hart opts out of the NBA for college

Josh Hart has pulled out of the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Silver Spring native elected to go back to Villanova instead of entering the June 23rd draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Hart entered his name for consideration in April and was among the NBA prospects participating in Chicago at the combine last month as part of the NCAA process for potential early entrants.

“I enjoyed the process and learned a lot,” said Hart, a former Wheaton High School standout. “It was definitely worthwhile. I look forward to graduating next year and coming back to play with my teammates.”


Terps' basketball takes a hit with NBA pastures

Melo-TrimbleMelo Trimble.             COURTESY PHOTO

For University of Maryland basketball fans, the news came as a surprise to few when it was announced this week that sophomore guard Melo Trimble and freshman center Diamond Stone would be leaving College Park for greener pastures.

 Both players have decided to enter their names in the upcoming NBA Draft. However, Stone, a projected first round pick according to, plans to hire an agent which will make him ineligible to return to campus next season.

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