Markelle Fultz Injury: Updates on Washington Star's Knee and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2017

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 29:  Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies during the second half of the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on January 29, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 77-66.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Washington Huskies guard Markelle Fultz is nursing a knee injury that has kept him out of action since Feb. 9. It is currently unclear when he'll return. 

Continue for updates.


Latest on Fultz's Playing Status

Thursday, Feb. 16

Head coach Lorenzo Romar told reporters Fultz is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against Arizona State.


Fultz is Washington's Greatest Prospect in Years

Fultz arrived in Seattle with massive expectations after being the biggest recruit to join Washington since Spencer Hawes prowled the paint roughly a decade ago. According to Scout, the Hyattsville, Maryland, native was the No. 1 point guard and No. 3 player overall in the 2016 recruiting class.

Romar said he expects Fultz to play again this season, per Christian Caple of the News Tribune. "This isn't his decision," Romar said. "If it was his decision, he'd be out there playing."

Although the Huskies haven't reached the NCAA tournament since 2011, fans in the Pacific Northwest were justifiably optimistic about the team's chances in 2016-17 with Fultz on the squad.

Fultz is holding up his end of the bargain, averaging 23.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists a night. With a 9-16 record, the Huskies will almost certainly go another year without getting into the Big Dance, though.

His injury will be a big blow for Washington, which had to replace its top three scorers from last year's team. Andrew Andrews graduated, while Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray left early for the NBA.

The 2015-16 Huskies were a young team, and Romar will need some of those players, including sophomores Noah Dickerson, David Crisp and Matisse Thybulle, to step up.

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