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NBA skills coach and Pure Sweat Basketball CEO Drew Hanlen has been working with Philadelphia 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz this summer and says the 2017 No. 1 overall pick is “doing very well.”
Fultz had one of the more stranger rookie seasons we have seen in NBA history. He was sidelined most of the year with scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder and only played in 14 games, averaging 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 40.5 percent from the field.
Hanlen said earlier this offseason that Fultz had the case of the yips, which played a big part in Fultz’s unorthodox shooting mechanics this past season.
Fultz, however, has rebuilt his jump shot thanks to Hanlen and is a completely different player now.
“What I can tell you is that he’s doing very well,” Hanlen told Alex Kennedy on the Hoops Hype podcast. “I think that a lot of people think that we’re hiding him and we’re not hiding him. We’re just being very strategic in what we share because, obviously, you don’t want to ever add pressure to a player when you don’t have to. Fans and the media would love to be able to witness every workout of every player that I work with, especially with guys like Markelle. All I can say is that it’s going really well and that we’re purposely doing things just to protect him right now. But I think Philly fans will be very excited.”
Fultz put on a show in his lone year of college basketball at the University of Washington. The 6-foot-4 combo guard averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from three.
The Sixers are hoping Fultz can regain his confidence and shooting stroke. He could be a big addition to a team that is expected to be one of the top three squads in the Eastern Conference.