Fox Catches UNC's Attention

UNC was impressed with its recent evaluation of 2016 guard De'Aaron Fox.

North Carolina’s search for guard help in the class of 2016 is expanding to Texas.

The Tar Heels have already extended offers to five guards in the class, and are now showing interest in De'Aaron Fox.

UNC assistant Hubert Davis called Tim Schumacher, head coach of Fox’s AAU team Houston Hoops, earlier this week.

“Last Sunday he had 40 points in an EYBL game and scored 17-straight points,” Schumacher said. “When he gets it going, he’s really tough to stop and he’s a great kid. Not a good kid, a great kid.”

During their conversation, Davis and Schumacher discussed UNC’s need for a playmaker in the backcourt.

“They saw him in Lexington (last month) and liked his game,” explained Schumacher, who also coached UNC sophomore Justin Jackson with Houston Hoops. “They have an interest in a point guard in this class and we talked about the need for some help and depth there with Marcus (Paige) graduating.”

Schumacher shared UNC’s interest with Fox and said it was reciprocated.

“His family said they would definitely have some interest (in North Carolina),” Schumacher said. “They are wide open.”

If UNC does increase interest, Schumacher believes Fox would be an ideal match for Roy Williams’s up-tempo system.

“His speed and his ability to push the ball up the floor fits in good with the way North Carolina plays,” he said. “They also really like that about him.”

A native of Katy, Texas – just outside Houston – Fox is Scout’s No. 12 overall player in 2016. He holds offers from Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, N.C. State, Kansas State, Texas and LSU.

In 12 games on the Nike EYBL circuit, Fox is averaging 16.5 points, a league-leading 5.2 assists, and 3.2 steals per game.

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