Elite guards De'Aaron Fox & Andrew Jones put on a show at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- The headliner of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest didn't disappoint, as De'Aaron Fox and Andrew Jones went head-to-head in a tough, competitive showdown of elite guards.

Two of the nation’s top guards – De'Aaron Fox and Andrew Jones -- went toe-to-toe on Saturday at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

The match up was slotted as the main event and it certainly didn’t disappoint, as Fox and Jones each had their moments and seemed to feed off back and forth playmaking and energy in the Sandra Meadows Memorial gymnasium.

“We knew,” Jones said when asked about the match up. “Once the game started and we started to get into a groove. We both motivated each other and told each other to keep playing hard and making shots.”

After trading punches throughout, Cy Lakes knocked off McArthur behind Fox’s 31-point effort. Fox was 11-for-29 from the field, reeled in 12 rebounds and tossed out six assists.

“It was a good game,” Fox said. “I feel like we out lasted them.”

“Fox is a great player,” Jones said. “His team is great. We started off kind of slow. I got a little fatigued and we weren’t in a rhythm like we were yesterday. We tried to battle, but overall it was a good game.”

Early in the game, Fox, a Kentucky signee, settled for tough, long-range shots. But as the game wore on, the gifted 6-foot-4 lead guard began slicing to the basket, finishing off plays at the rim and finding open teammates. He also turned up the dial on the defensive end, proving himself as one of the best on ball defenders in the country.

“Russell [Westbrook] is my favorite player and one thing I really admire about him is how well of shape he is in,” Fox said. “When you play both ends of the court, you have to be in shape. I feel like in the 4th quarter they got tired.”

While Fox and Cy Lakes got the win, Jones certainly proved himself as one of the top guards in the country and serious candidate for a spot in the McDonald’s All-American game. Jones was one of the breakout stars of July and he’s clearly building on that success.

“Andrew played extremely well,” Fox said. “Most people were saying he’s not a point guard, but he’s an elite point guard now.”

As Fox mentioned, Jones has made significant improvements to his play making ability and is looking more and more like a lead guard. His pick and roll reads, decision-making, efficiency and all around passing ability shined on Saturday.

Jones, who is considering Arizona, Baylor, Louisville Texas, Texas A&M and SMU,  finished with 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field, including four three-pointers. He also tossed out four assists.


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