2017 Prospect Profile | De'Aaron Fox
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Freshman, PG, Kentucky
6’2, 170 lbs
8’4 standing reach
College Stats In 2016-17:
36 games, 16.7 PPG, 4.6 APG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 47.8 FG%, 24.6 3P%, 73.9 FT%
SEC All-Freshman Team
SEC Tournament MVP
Where He’ll Go:
Fox is considered a top-10 pick.
Best Game In 2014-15:
It’s hard to argue this one. In this 86-75 win over UCLA in the Sweet 16, Fox put up 39 points while shooting 13-for-20 from the field and 13-for-15 from the free-throw line. He also added four assists, three rebounds and two steals while turning it over just once in 36 minutes.
What might be more impressive is that he held Lonzo Ball to just 10 points and forced him to turn the ball over four times.
Fox excels defensively. He’s extremely fast and has good size with his 6’7 wingspan.
Most of his shots were at the basket. You can look at those two ways. The first is that he effortlessly can get to the basket because of his speed. In the pros, defenses are faster and Fox will have to prove he’s consistent with his jumper. He hasn’t done that yet.
He can create plays offensively, but a lot of that will be hard if he’s not able to knock down jumpers if the defense sags off him.
When it comes to defense, Fox is one of the best when he’s engaged. And at the next level, he probably won’t see the next court unless that’s the case. He has all the tools to be a great defender.
There’s point guards like Ball and Markelle Fultz in this draft class, along with NC State’s Dennis Smith. But don’t sleep on Fox. He might not have the hype as the other point guards, but his body of work at Kentucky was just as effective.
"Defensively, I feel like I’m definitely the best guard in the draft. I’m confident in myself. For me, it’s not about offensive scoring, I want to shut the other guy down.” – Fox to ESPN.