Washington's Markelle Fultz poses for photos on the red carpet before the start of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
Leading a team to the NCAA Tournament used to be a prerequisite for college players that were picked first in the NBA Draft.
On Thursday night, Washington's Markelle Fultz became the second straight No. 1 pick who didn't play in the NCAA tournament the previous season _ joining new teammate Ben Simmons, who failed to get LSU picked on Selection Sunday.
Before Philadelphia bucked the trend of drafting postseason players first in 2016, it had been 18 years since the Clippers took Michael Olowokandi _ who failed to get Pacific into the tournament that March _ with the No. 1 pick.
Since then, college stars like Elton Brand, Derrick Rose, John Wall, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis have gone first overall.
Olowokandi is remembered as a bust, of course, and Simmons didn't suit up last year for Philadelphia because of a foot injury.
Provided Fultz stays healthy, he'll have plenty of opportunities to show that a No. 1 pick doesn't necessarily need to reach the NCAA tournament to become an NBA star.
History shows that it doesn't hurt though.
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