Washington Huskies

Markelle Fultz, about to become the NBA's newest star, is really old school, and an old soul

Markelle Fultz, about to become the NBA's newest star, is really old school, and an old soul

One morning in Seattle, then-Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar was touring a group of recruits around campus. He brought them to Markelle Fultz’s apartment and heard the smooth sound of Sam Cooke’s voice, singing a song released 34 years before Fultz was even born.

I was born by the river in a little tent …

He stopped and turned to the 18-year-old.

“I’m like, ‘What do you know about that, partner?’” Romar said.

But when he thought about it, the fact that Fultz loved oldies made perfect sense.

“He’s an old soul,” Romar said.

It’s a quality that has served Fultz well as he’s gone through the final stages of NBA draft season,...

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