Markelle Fultz has one message for Lonzo Ball: Bring it on.
The former Washington guard said he was amused by Ball's claims that he was a better team leader, and expects their rivalry to continue when they are in the NBA.Fultz and Ball could be the two top picks in this year's draft, and since they are both point guards, they'll be linked to one another for much of their careers.
"I have a lot of respect for him, and he's supposed to say that. Anyone that's your competitor is going to think that they're better," Fultz told Sports Illustrated. "To me, it was just funny, he just motivated me to work harder and be sure I put myself further and further in front."
Fultz said being drafted No. 1 overall would be a dream come true, but he has even higher aspirations for his first professional season.
"No. 1 is big for me because I've been dreaming about it all my life. I want to come in and kill it," he said. "I want to be rookie of the year ... honestly, me? I want to be MVP next year."
As freshmen, Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists, while Ball averaged14.6 points,6.0 rebounds and 7.6assistsfor UCLA.