Tim Schumacher, head coach of the EYBL-based Houston Hoops AAU program, has a suggestion for the college that lands 2016 point guard De'Aaron Fox.
“Turn him loose,” Schumacher said.
At 6-4, 170 pounds, Fox is taller than most point guards in his class. He’s also faster. And his instincts, Schumacher said, are unique.
Not bad for a player who, less than two years ago, had Scouts questioning his true position.
“He’s such a highly-intelligent player,” explained Schumacher. “He has great athletic ability and can really score the ball. As he’s matured and grown, he’s also shown an ability to run the team.”
Fox’s stellar play – he led the EYBL in assists and steals, and performed well at the Las Vegas Classic – earned him recent offers from Kentucky and North Carolina.
UNC head coach Roy Williams called Fox on Wednesday to confirm the offer.
“(Assistant Coach) Hubert Davis called me a couple days before it happened to tell me Coach Williams planned to offer De’Aaron a scholarship,” said Schumacher. “They had planned to watch him at the Global Challenge in Chicago, but he hurt his hand and didn’t play there. They saw and confirmed what they were hoping to see out in Las Vegas and they made the decision right away to offer.”
Davis and the UNC staff have been communicating with Fox’s father, Aaron Fox, over the past couple months. Schumacher doesn’t think the timing of UNC’s offer will impact its ability to land Fox.
“The point guard position is a unique position and I understand totally that you want to get a person that’s the right fit,” he said. “You don’t casually throw around point guard scholarships like you would other positions. I think they just wanted to make sure he was a great fit.”
“I know that his plan is to, within the next couple of weeks, narrow his list down to get to an amount of schools that’s manageable to him and he feels comfortable with,” continued Schumacher. “He was wide open out in Las Vegas and is just ready to narrow down the process and make it easier for himself.”
Fox told Scout at the Peach Jam earlier this month that he was communicating the most with Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and Texas, who he unofficially visited in June. Should UNC make Fox’s narrowed list, Schumacher sees it as a potential fit.
“He and I talked about North Carolina a while back and he was definitely interested in them,” said Schumacher. “ I don’t know what’s going to happen when he cuts his list, but he’s special. He needs to go to a place that’s going to let him do what he does – just let him go and be De’Aaron. Watching them with Justin (Jackson, former Houston Hoops player and teammate of Fox) on the team, I saw a lot of their games. De’Aaron would be a great fit.”
His father said he plans to wait until the spring to sign. Fox is currently ranked No. 16 in Scout's class rankings, but after a strong summer he will make a move into Scout's top 10 and up the point guard list.
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