A lot can happen between now and the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22. The NCAA Tournament isn't even over yet. But as of now, many project University of Washington guard and former DeMatha standout Markelle Fultz to be the No. 1 overall pick.

One of his biggest competitors for that honor is UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, whom many expect to be the second pick at this point. Ball, however, says he should go first.

Here is what Ball told ESPN.com:

"Markelle's a great player, but I feel I'm better than him," said Ball, who led the Bruins to a pair of blowout victories over Fultz's Huskies this season.

"I think I can lead a team better than him," Ball added. "Obviously he's a great scorer -- he's a great player, so I'm not taking that away from him."

Both Ball and Fultz are exceptional talents, each good enough to be the No. 1 overall pick in other NBA Draft years. But only one can go first and Fultz may have the edge.


At 6-foot-6 and with 7.6 assists per game, Ball is both taller and arguably more gifted as a passer. But Fultz is a rare athletic talent with his speed and leaping ability and scored 23.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.3 percent from three this season.

Both project to be perennial All-Stars, so it will be no easy decision for whomever lucks out with the top overall pick. But clearly Ball believes he should be the guy.

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