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CJ Fulton: Belfast’s rising basketball star savouring ‘amazing’ US experience up against future NBA elite

Teen admits he’s had to grow up as he balances sport with education

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On court: Rising star CJ Fulton in action for Lafayette, which he admits has been a whole new experience

On court: Rising star CJ Fulton in action for Lafayette, which he admits has been a whole new experience

Special talent: CJ after winning the MVP award after St Malachy’s won the 2018 All-Ireland Schools’ Cup. Credit: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Special talent: CJ after winning the MVP award after St Malachy’s won the 2018 All-Ireland Schools’ Cup. Credit: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Granddad Danny and dad Adrian have played a key role in CJ’s rise up the basketball ladder. Credit: Liam McBurney

Granddad Danny and dad Adrian have played a key role in CJ’s rise up the basketball ladder. Credit: Liam McBurney

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On court: Rising star CJ Fulton in action for Lafayette, which he admits has been a whole new experience

Glancing across The Pond to see CJ Fulton taking on some of the world’s best young basketball players, it would be easy to use the ‘living the American dream’ cliché. But apparently, it also has its downside. “I miss the potatoes from back home… and all my mum’s cooking,” quipped Fulton.

A wonderkid on Irish soil, Fulton spent a year at Winchedon College in Massachusetts before being handed a full scholarship with Division One basketball College Lafayette, who are also in the top 35 academically in the States. The USA move came on the back of playing a key role in Belfast Star bringing the All-Ireland Superleague title north for the first time in 21 years, with dad Adrian head coach and granddad Danny one of his assistants.


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