Kentucky and head coach John Calipari landed their point guard of the future on Thursday as five-star Class of 2016 guard De’Aaron Fox pledged to the Wildcats during a televised announcement.
The 6-foot-3 Fox was one of the breakout players of the spring and summer on the grassroots circuit and many believe he’s the best guard prospect in a loaded Class of 2016. A native of Katy, Texas, Fox selected Kentucky over his other finalists of Kansas, Louisville and LSU. Fox took official visits to all four schools during the recruiting process.
A dynamic athlete who excels on both ends of the floor, Fox is one of the premier perimeter defenders in the class and he’s also made tremendous strides to become a complete guard over the last year. Equipped with a pull-up jumper and good range, Fox has also improved his ability to play point guard, as he led the Nike EYBL in assists this spring at 5.4 per game.
By adding a guard like Fox, the Wildcats will be okay if Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe or Tyler Ulis opt to turn pro because it’s likely that Fox is a starter from the opening game. In 21 games this spring and summer with Houston Hoops, Fox averaged 17.5 points, 5.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. Fox also averaged 2.7 steals per game and will be an impact playing passing lanes as well.
Regarded as the No. 5 overall prospect in the national class, Fox joins five-star big men Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones in Kentucky’s 2016 class. Getting Fox also puts Kentucky squarely in the conversation for the No. 1 class in the country, especially since the Wildcats are pursuing a lot of other five-star options that are still available.
Five-star 2016 point guard sets four official visits
As reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, five-star guard De’Aaron Fox has scheduled four official visits for this fall with LSU having the honor of hosting him first. Fox will visit LSU the weekend of September 18, with that being followed by trips to Louisville (September 26), Kansas (October 10) and Kentucky (October 17).
The visits to Kansas and Kentucky will be on important recruiting weekends for both programs, with Kansas hosting its annual “Late Night in the Phog” festivities and Kentucky having “Big Blue Madness.”
That schedule leaves Fox with one available official visit remaining, and it remains to be seen which of the other three schools on his list will win out for that trip (or if he uses it at all). Per Scout.com, Fox also has home visits set up with LSU, Kansas, Arizona, NC State and Kentucky before he takes his first official visit.
In mid-August Fox announced that he’d narrowed his list to Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, NC State and North Carolina.
Five-star guard De’Aaron Fox cuts list to seven schools
Five-star Class of 2016 guard De’Aaron Fox cut his list to seven schools on Friday, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-3 Fox is one of the best two-way guards in the class and he has the ability to change the game on both ends of the floor.
After a huge month of July, Fox is down to Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina and N.C. State.
During this spring and summer with Houston Hoops in the Nike EYBL, Fox played in 23 games and averaged 17.5 points, 5.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. Regarded as the No. 9 overall prospect, according to Rivals, Fox is a major impact recruit who could play a little bit of both guard spots at the next level.
While Fox has shown a comfort level off the ball as a scorer in the past, he showcased an ability to play point guard this spring by leading the EYBL in assists.
Fox has only visited Kansas on an unofficial among the schools left on his list, so things appears pretty wide open in the recruiting process.