De’Aaron
Fox
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6'5" / 178 lbs
School/Club: Kentucky
Status: Freshman
Birthday: December 20, 1997

About De’Aaron Fox

In a year of outstanding freshman point guards, Fox stood out as among the best. If that wasn’t already abundantly clear before the NCAA Sweet 16, when Fox scored 39 points against Lonzo Ball and UCLA, it certainly was after. Fox is a versatile player who can start the transition game after defensive rebounding and almost always makes good decisions on the move, whether it’s finding a wide-open jump shooter, lobbing to his post players, or stopping on a dime and punishing defenders with his solid mid-range game. He can also get all the way to the rim, as his 212 free-throw attempts this season would attest.

Strengths

  • Speed and quickness
  • Advanced mid-range game
  • Good passer
  • Quick hands defensively
  • Good rebounder for his position
  • Solid instincts for the game

Weaknesses

  • Has to improve his 3-point consistency
  • Needs to get bigger and stronger

NBA projection: Fox is a high lottery pick.

2016-17 Season
Kentucky coach John Calipari has recruited some talented point guards during his time in Lexington, and Fox stands tall with the best of them. In addition to being chosen first-team All-SEC, he made the All-SEC Freshman team and several national freshman All-America teams. He was also voted the MVP of the SEC tournament after leading the Wildcats to their third straight championship.

Key statistics: 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.4 tpg, 1.5 spg, 29.6 mpg, .479 FG, .246 3PT, .736 FT

Career Highlights: As a Wildcat freshman, tabbed a third-team All-Americaby CBS Sports, USA Today and ESPN, as well as Honorable Mention by the AP. Selected All-SEC First Team by both the AP and coaches in addition to making the SEC All-Freshman Team. Earned MVP honors after producing 22.0 ppg in helping UK in its SEC Tournament title run.

Cool statistic: Fox led Kentucky in scoring in all seven of its postseason tournament games, three in the SEC tournament and four in the NCAAs. Included in that streak was a 39-point effort against UCLA and fellow future NBA lottery pick point guard Lonzo Ball.

Reminds me of: John Wall

What Insiders Say
Kentucky coach John Calipari

“He's grown, but what he's learned to do is play physical, not take a hit and fly, and throw a ball. He's learned to play through bumps. He's learned to work. He's understood the grind now. It took him a while. They think, well, I'm just going to go play. He shot 15 percent for a while. Like, dude, you can't miss every single shot. Now all of a sudden, if he's open, that ball is down.”

What Outsiders Say
UCLA guard Bryce Alford

“He's really, really good. There's a reason he is who he is and he has the hype around him. He's very, very talented. It's tough to stop a guy who has as good of a mid-range game as he does. That's a lost art in college basketball, and it's very hard to stop.”

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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