Status: UK signee
Point guard | 6-4 | 170
School: Cypress Lakes
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Fox closed his spectacular high school career by being named a finalist for the Naismith player of the year award and earning invitations to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic.
The future UK point guard averaged 32.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game as a senior in a season that included eight games with 40 or more points.
Fox emerged as the nation’s No. 1 point guard last summer, and he earned a scholarship offer from John Calipari in the process.
That seemed to be the offer that Fox was waiting on. UK immediately jumped to frontrunner status in his recruitment, and the talented Texan announced his commitment to the Wildcats during the early signing period.
247Sports analyst Jerry Meyer says Fox shares some attributes with a couple of former UK point guards.
“He reminds me of John Wall in a lot of regards,” Meyer told the Herald-Leader. “Better shooter than John at the same stage. He’s probably not as explosive at the rim. And it’s tough to say he’s as fast as John, but he’s right there. … They both have a great feel for the game.
“In Kentucky terms: He’s a lot of John Wall, with Brandon Knight-type shooting.”
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels calls Fox one of the “ultimate competitors” in the class of 2016.
“Part of that is the mental toughness in his game,” Daniels said. “He is a competitor. This guy doesn’t back down. When he’s on the court, he’s looking to compete, he’s looking to win and he’s looking to make plays.”
Fox chose Kentucky over fellow finalists Kansas, Louisville and LSU. DraftExpress.com already projects him as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, meaning he would only spend one season with the Wildcats.
“De’Aaron Fox has speed, he has scoring ability, he can really pass and he can guard the ball,” Calipari said when Fox signed in November. “But those are things that can be said about different players. The intangible that I really loved is that every player wants to play with him. This whole class wants him to be the guard on the team. When I found out how much they loved him, I nicknamed him ‘the General’ because they all want to play for him.”
|Nov. 16||Yates||W||44 pts, 10 rebs, 7 asts|
|Nov. 19||Tomball Memorial||W||27 pts|
|Nov. 20||Seguin||L||43 pts, 10 rebs, 4 stls|
|Nov. 21||Westbury Christian||W||34 pts, 5 asts|
|Nov. 25||Atascocita||L||20 pts, 8 rebs, 5 stls|
|Nov. 28||MacArthur||W||31 pts, 12 rebs, 6 asts|
|Dec. 1||Sevenlakes||W||31 pts, 10 rebs, 4 rebs|
|Dec. 7||Bryan||W||43 pts, 12 rebs|
|Dec. 10||Alief Hastings||W||29 pts, 7 stls|
|Dec. 11||Summer Creek||W||32 pts, 10 rebs|
|Dec. 11||Dekaney||L||46 pts, 14 rebs|
|Dec. 12||North Shore||L||No stats available|
|Dec. 18||Foothills Christian (Calif.)||L||28 pts|
|Dec. 28||Robinson (N.C.)||W||35 pts, 12 rebs|
|Dec. 29||High Point Christian (N.C.)||L||29 pts|
|Jan. 5||Village||W||30 pts|
|Jan. 8||Cypress Fair||W||25 pts|
|Jan. 12||Cypress Woods||W||34 pts|
|Jan. 15||Cypress Ranch||W||30 pts|
|Jan. 19||Langham Creek||W||22 pts, 6 asts|
|Jan. 22||Cypress Springs||W||22 pts, 7 asts|
|Jan. 26||Cypress Ridge||W||27 pts|
|Jan. 29||Cypress Ranch||L||36 pts|
|Feb. 2||Jersey Village||W||No stats|
|Feb. 5||Cypress Woods||W||50 pts|
|Feb. 9||Cypress Falls||W||35 pts, 10 rebs|
|Feb. 12||Cypress Ridge||W||33 pts|
|Feb. 16||Cypress Creek||W||42 pts|
|Feb. 23||Eisenhower||W||12 pts|
|Feb. 26||Bellaire||W||35 pts|
|March 1||Davis||W||40 pts|
|March 4||Dobie||W||40 pts|
|March 5||Houston Tech||L||24 pts|
“Basically, I see everything you want to see in a point guard. It would be very difficult to identify a major weakness in his game. Obviously, there’s room to improve and polish up his game, but he has the entire skill package, and the athleticism, length and intangibles you look for in a point guard.”
– 247Sports.com’s Jerry Meyer