It goes without saying, but the recruiting landscape has undergone some clear changes due to Covid. Fast-forward over three years later, and we are still dealing with a lot of the same issues. The fact of the matter is coaches value job security (understandably) above all else and the pressure to perform is higher than ever. College coaching has never been a picnic, but it’s certainly more challenging without the leniency to make mistakes or think outside the box. Although everyone is out chasing prospects from the portal or Juco, wiser programs should be working to groundwork with someone like Ari Fulton. Why? Because he might still be the most under-recruited prospect in North Carolina’s Class of 2024.
There are so many appealing qualities with Fulton, but the allure begins with his physique and overall array of physical tools. His long arms, fluid athleticism, and general explosiveness make him an incredibly difficult two-way matchup for most opponents. Adding in his toughness, high motor, and excellent nose for the ball, and Fulton is able to consistently impact the game without requiring a ton of offensive touches. That being said, he’s a quality finisher, slasher, and perimeter shooter with the necessary blend of IQ and ball skills to make plays off the bounce. Fulton also possesses high-level athleticism, defensive prowess, and rebounding instincts—leaving no facet of the game unaffected. He excels in transition, makes the right play, and causes a slew of problems for opponents with his two-way versatility. Fulton can be featured in a variety of roles and spots offensively while actively toggling between multiple positions on defense.
The 6-foot-7 forward already holds offers from Hampton and East Carolina, but it feels like he should have considerably more action within his recruitment. Given his production and leadership for Team Curry, it’s genuinely surprising that some high-major programs haven’t already gotten involved. The inevitable blow-up is coming, so don’t be shocked if he holds a dozen offers by the end of the summer season.