In a recruiting world full of oversized expectations and outlandish comparisons, five-star combo guard De’Aaron Fox is honest about his game.
Fox — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Katy, Texas — has been watching Kentucky basketball ever since John Calipari took over the program in 2009. He started with John Wall’s team, but the next season’s freshman leader — Brandon Knight — has been his favorite Calipari guard.
That doesn’t mean he’s comparing his game to Knight, who just wrapped up his fourth season in the NBA.
“I don’t think I play like him,” Fox said. “He’s a way better shooter than me.”
Fox is already one of the best players in the class of 2016 — ranked between No. 8 and No. 16 by the major recruiting services — but he knows he can still improve.
He’s great at getting into the lane and finishing at the basket or finding the open teammate. Fox has also developed a nice mid-range game at the offensive end, and he prides himself on his pesky defense.
His top priority moving forward will be to hone his three-point shooting, but plenty of top schools already like him as he is.
He mentioned Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas State, Louisville and Arizona as a few of the schools that have been recruiting him the hardest, and he has scholarship offers from all of those except U of L and Arizona.
Others are welcome to join the list.
“I think it’s too early for favorites,” Fox said. “At first, I had a timeframe for when I wanted to commit, which was the end of the summer. But my recruiting started picking up a lot more so I just threw that out the door. Now I’m taking my time.
“Some people can come in late. I’m all open right now.”
Kentucky has been in contact with Fox’s high school coach, though the elite prospect said over the weekend that no one from UK’s staff has spoken to him directly.
If the Cats call, Fox sounds plenty interested.
“That’s every kid’s dream school,” he said. “I watched a lot of their games. The way that Coach Cal just develops … guys to get to the league. He gets a lot of players to the NBA, and every kid wants to do that. So, it’s like living a dream.”
Fox is clearly well-versed in Kentucky basketball, and he knew specific statistics for players on this past’s season team. He was also aware that seven of those Wildcats will be heading to the NBA next season.
“Guys like that, averaging like 8 points, and still going to be an NBA Draft pick — that’s how you want it,” Fox said. “You don’t want to have to go into college trying to score 30 points to try to win a game.
“It teaches you early that — in the NBA — you’re going to play with a lot of good players. And you’re going to have to jell together quickly.”