De'Aaron Fox has signature performance

LAS VEGAS -- Is De'Aaron Fox the nation's top point guard? He went for 35 points and made his case at the Big Foot on Saturday night.

With a packed out crowd and a who’s who of college coaches sitting on the sideline, De'Aaron Fox put together the signature performance of the summer.

Fox, a five-star prospect out of Katy (Tex.) Cypress Lakes, scored 35 points and pumped in six three-pointers in Houston Hoops’ double-digit win over Arizona Power Black.

“It was spectacular,” Fox said of his game. “I’ve done it before, but it’s nothing to get my head up about. When you’re a competitor when you go off, it’s just normal at this point.”

There’s been a lot of discussion about which 2016 player is the top point guard prospect in the class. Fox is certainly at the top of the list and at this point it’s safe to say he has reservations for Scout.com’s 2016 top five when the rankings are updated in August.

“He might be the best pro prospect in this class,” one high-major college coach told Scout following the performance.

“Best PG in the country,” another one said.

Fox dominated the game from start to finish and in every aspect. On the offensive end, he not only buried three after three off the dribble, but he made a trio of mid-range pull-ups, finished at the rim in transition and made aggressive drives in the half court.

To go with his offense, Fox impressed on the defensive end. He has tremendous lateral quickness, length, athleticism and instincts. Those qualities, plus the effort he puts in on that end, make him arguably the best perimeter defender in the 2016 class.

“I feel like I play hard all the time,” Fox told Scout. “Not everybody takes pride on defense as much as they do on offense. Playing defense you get a steal and that’s show time for you. I feel like what separates me from other point guards is I play hard all game.”

Fox’s best play of the game came on the defensive side of things. An Arizona Power Black player attacked the rim in transition and Fox met him at the rim and pinned his shot on the backboard with two hands.

At the Nike Peach Jam two weeks ago, Fox told Scout that Arizona, Louisville, Kansas, and Texas were the schools he communicated with the most. Following his game on Saturday, Fox told Scout he’s looking to narrow his list soon.

“I want to cut my list in about two weeks,” he said. “I don’t want to give anything away, but everyone will know within two weeks.”


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