Five-star point guard De'Aaron Fox verbally committed to John Calipari and Kentucky on Thursday, he told Scout.
“I’m going to Kentucky and the reason I picked them is because coach Calipari has a long resume of having good guards, so why not be the next one? All in all I felt like I was going into a good situation.”
When did Fox, a standout at Katy (Tex.) Cypress Lakes, come to his decision?
“A while ago,” he told Scout. “Of course I had to talk to my parents and stuff. We probably made the decision less than a week ago.”
Fox, a 6-foot-4 lead guard, picked the Wildcats over Kansas, Louisville and LSU. Fox took official visits to all four of his finalists. His trip to Kentucky was for their midnight madness festivities.
“More or less it was just seeing the campus and being around the players and the guys I bonded with and actually getting to know the coaches a little more,” he said when asked about the trip.
“Midnight madness was cool and all but everyone does it around the same thing. That didn’t impress me all that much. Getting to know the coaches more and the players and the guys I’ll be playing with next year, that solidified it.”
It’s no secret that Calipari has had success with point guards. His history of coaching guys like John Wall, Derrick Rose and Eric Bledsoe factored in with Fox, who is regarded as the top point guard prospect in the country.
“He kept saying be next,” Fox said. “He said he would make me the best me I could be. That resonated with what I really looked at. Guys that played my position, if he sends bigs to the league, that has nothing to do with me.”
Known for his athleticism, speed and defensive tenacity, Fox sees his style of play meshing with what Calipari wants out of the point guard position.
“I see greatness,” Fox said when asked how he thought he would fit in on the court. “He runs dribble drive and this year he’s picking up more full court so I feel like I just fit in perfect there.”
Fox is Kentucky’s third pledge of the 2016 recruiting class. He joins No. 10 overall recruit Wenyen Gabriel and No. 29 Sacha Killeya-Jones to make up their current recruiting class.
“I know both of them,” Fox said. “Wenyen actually told me the day before he was committing that he was going there. He’s been on me since then. I talk to Sacha a lot too. I know who I’m going to school with next year that are going to be in my class. I could be working on someone too.”
Fox told Scout that Malik Monk, a five-star guard that visited UK the same weekend as him, would be his first phone call after he commits.
“He’s the guard I want to play with in college,” he said.
“He’s someone that kind of plays like me, but I feel like we compliment each other so well.”
With Fox now on board, Kentucky’s class moves up to No. 3 overall in the 2016 recruiting class.
Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne was the point man in the Fox recruitment.
Breaking Down De’Aaron Fox’s Game
Evan Daniels: An elite level athlete, Fox has the tremendous physical attributres for a point guard. At 6-4, he has very good size and is a high-level athlete with an explosive first step. Fox likes to push the tempo and excels in transition. He’s also one of, if not, the best on the ball defender in the class. Over the summer Fox showed significant improvement in his long-range shooting and ability to run a team. Fox moved from outside the top 10 to No. 4 overall and possesses as much upside as anyone in the 2016 class.
Brian Snow: De'Aaron Fox is one of the elite talents in this class who is the new age point guard who looks to score first, but also gets others involved and controls the pace of the game with his ability to get into the lane and push the ball in transition. Also Fox is a very committed defender who is an excellent athlete with long arms. As he continues to get stronger and more refined he has a chance to really dominate college basketball with his play.
Josh Gershon: De'Aaron Fox is one of the nation's top prospects and - even though he's still in the mix in a loaded 2016 class - in many years he would have an even more realistic chance of ending up the nation's top overall prospect. He's elite in transition due to his size, length, ball skills, speed, athleticism, scoring and passing ability. He's got good size and length at 6-foot-3 with a 6-foot-6 wingspan and while we ultimately like on the ball, certainly he can play some off of it as well. He looks to score first, but he's a capable passer. The best part about Fox is that even though he's been an elite prospect since he arrived on the national scene as a freshman, he's steadily improved and over the last year made his biggest jump as a prospect. Better yet, he has plenty of room to keep getting better.