Considered to be the consensus No. 1 pick by many NBA front office executives and scouts alike, 19-year-old Markelle Fultz concluded his visit to Boston with a lengthy film session with coach Brad Stevens.
The Celtics, who own that coveted pick in the upcoming NBA draft, spent the past two days wooing Fultz and having him workout at the team’s practice facilities, but perhaps one of the most beneficial parts of the visit was his meeting with Stevens.
“[Stevens said] little stuff about playing defense, better ways to help me,” Fultz told ESPN. “[He highlighted] offensive stuff he liked that I did, the way I come off screen and rolls and different stuff like that. Also, stuff I can improve on on both ends, stuff I did good on the defensive end, too. It was both good and bad.”
For the Celtics fifth-year coach, these sessions provide a valuable opportunity to get to know potential draft picks and assess their coachability. Fultz, who averaged 23.2 points per game last year in his lone season at the University of Washington, appeared to take the criticism well.
“It’s good to hear [criticism],” he said. “That’s what I’ve always wanted to hear, ever since I was younger,” Fultz said. “I don’t really like to hear the good stuff; I try to hear what can make me better because that’s something I can work on.”
Fultz also praised Stevens, calling him a “player’s coach” and acknowledging how much he cares about his players beyond just X’s and O’s.
It is unclear whether the Celtics will select the first-team all-Pac-12 member with the top pick, trade down or select someone else, and Fultz said that he wants to wait until June 22 to find out.
“I don’t want to know,” Fultz said. “I’d rather wait to that day to hear my name called, wherever I go. That’s just the way I am. I don’t want anything to be given to me, I want to earn everything. So just wait until that last moment, just sitting in that chair, being anxious to see if I’m going to be No. 1 or wherever I go. I think that’s going to be better than already knowing going in.”
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