De’Aaron Fox, a five-star point guard from Katy, Tex. (Cypress Lakes HS), continues to grow his stock on the recruiting trail with a strong summer playing for Houston Hoops on Nike’s EYBL circuit.
Lightning quick and a terror on the defensive end, Fox is averaging 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 3.2 steals through 12 games in three different cities. He ranks first in all the EYBL in assists and is second in steals.
TSD caught up with Fox in between games this weekend in Houston, gauging his interest in LSU, which offered long ago, and discussing which schools are applying the most pressure as well as the source of his defensive intensity.
---------------------------“Oh yeah, it is. They have a really good recruiting class. Those guys will probably be in and out, but I think that really puts them on the radar (as a place) for more players to go to.”
- When asked if LSU is a school he’s considering and still has interest in
“I probably talk to Tone [Antonio Blakeney] and Brandon [Sampson] the most.”
- On if he has a relationship with any of LSU’s 2015 signees
“Arizona, Baylor’s putting a lot of pressure. Ever since Coach [Shaka] Smart got to Texas, they’ve really been on me. Kansas State and Kansas have been on me a lot, too.”
- On the schools coming hardest after him right now
“I think I am. I get after people defensively. Right there (Saturday afternoon versus the St. Louis Eagles) I fouled out, but they didn’t really let us play. Games like that, you’ve just got to change the way you play. But yeah, I do think I’m the best defensive guard in my class.”
- When asked if he’s the best defensive point guard in the 2016 class
“Russell Westbrook is my favorite player, so I just want to be tenacious like he is on defense and give it my all all of the time.”
- On where those defensive instincts come from and how he became that way
---------------------------Check out Scout footage of Fox in action. The first clip below is from the NBPA Top 100 Camp in November 2014 and the second video is Fox at adidas Nations the next month, in December 2014.