Eli Boettger: It really is hard to tell. UCLA and Washington are on completely different sides of the spectrum in terms of fundamentals, talent and coaching. I would have to say Markelle Fultz is the better overall player because he is doing a lot with much less. Ball is surrounded with some of the best players in the country (Bruins are first in the country in offensive efficiency) while Washington (39th in offensive efficiency and 220th in defensive efficiency) is miles behind.
There are not many players in the nation that could average 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block night in and night out on such a truly awful team. If we're purely picking a player for a blacktop game, I might go with Ball, but you can't deny what Fultz has accomplished with Washington this season.
Zachary Regelin: I've flip-flopped on this so many times, we likely won't have a true answer to this until they're both in the NBA. I think I lean a little bit more towards Fultz because of what he's doing with that supporting cast. But Ball's assist numbers are what impress me. Very few put up that many assists in college.
Both will light up the NBA next year. A little disappointed Fultz couldn't even lead Washington to a win over WSU but I don't think Ball could make Washington any better. Not sure if any single player could.