Potential No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz says he found Lonzo Ball's boast that he's the better player "funny" and that he expects his rivalry with the UCLA point guard to continue in the NBA.

Last month, Ball told ESPN 710 LA that he considers himself a better player than Fultz, citing his ability to "lead a team better" than the Washington star.

"I have a lot of respect for him, and he's supposed to say that. Anyone that's your competitor is going to think that they're better," Fultz said in an interview with SI Now. "To me, it was just funny, he just motivated me to work harder and be sure I put myself further and further in front."

Ball and Fultz are widely considered to be the top two prospects in this year's NBA draft. Both are point guards, and Fultz says he expects the rivalry that began in the Pac-12 to continue in the NBA.

"He's going to be [playing] my position, so ... if he happens to be the point guard I'm going against, then yeah, I want to get him out the way," he said.