University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz said it would be "amazing" if the New York Knicks were to draft him in June.
"It's close to home, my family can come out. This is the greatest place to play, really," Fultz told the New York Post's Zach Braziller while watching Sunday's Knicks-Raptors game. "Big [arena], a lot of good fans. ... This is a legendary place."
Fultz, who is considered to be one of the top picks come June, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 25 games as an 18-year-old freshman for the Huskies.
A native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the 6-foot-4 Fultz declared for the draft last month after Washington missed the NCAA tournament.
The Knicks, who own the NBA's sixth worst record, won't find out their draft position until the draft lottery on May 16. Talking about New York's triangle offense, Fultz said he thought it was interesting to see what it looked like in person as the Knicks lost for the third straight game.
"I think I can play in any system, just the way I adjust to anything," Fultz said. "I'm very versatile. It's cool to see that. It's a lot of openings. That's what I came out to see in person. ... Just the way they play, whatever they do on offense. That happens to be the triangle. I was watching the way they went through that and stuff like that."
Fultz is widely considered the draft's top prize. When glancing over any projection, prediction or mock draft, it's virtually impossible to find him associated with the Knicks. Landing themselves in a position to nab the guard would be ideal for any team in the lottery. On the flip side, playing under the bright lights of the Big Apple should be an exciting opportunity for any young prospect. It's only natural that Fultz would express interest. For New York, however, it's a mere pipe dream.
Since being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on March 29, the Knicks have gone 2-4, including Sunday's loss to Toronto. Of course, meaningless victories won't do them any good at this point. Even things that stand as moral victories aren't necessarily worthwhile, because next year's group is almost sure to look much different than this one. Many players could be on the move this summer.
Of course, while it's not likely, the Knicks could still win the lottery. There's a chance. Phil Jackson has failed to meet expectations in just about every aspect of his job description. That said, finding talent through the draft has been somewhat of an exception over his tenure. Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez both prove that he and his staff are more than capable of finding such athletes throughout a given rookie class. The groundwork for the front court has been set, but now it's time to usher in a floor general. Any number of the top point guards could help right New York's ship in the coming seasons. Such a pick may not be considered as much of a slam dunk as Fultz, but there are plenty of intriguing prospects to cash in on.