clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

NBA Draft 2017: Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox selected by Sacramento Kings

“Speed kills, and you can’t really teach it” -De’Aaron Fox

NBA: Draft Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari has produced a Top 10 pick in each of the last five seasons, and guard De’Aaron Fox is no exception.

The Sacramento Kings have drafted the speedster with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Fox produced quite a bit in his one year college career. He led the SEC last season in assists and assists per game, was selected First-team All-SEC, made it onto the SEC All-Freshman Team, and was named the SEC Tournament MVP.

In November 2016 against Arizona State, Fox went into the record books, putting up a triple double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. This made him only the second player in Wildcat history of Kentucky basketball to record a triple-double after Chris Mills in 1988.

Last season, Fox’s averaged 16.7 points, shot 48 percent from the field, 3.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Fox started in all but two games he played in.

De’Aaron Fox has been heavily compared to former Wildcat John Wall, possessing the speed and ability to attack the basket. He’s a playmaker, has great speed, is good defensively and can be that guy in an up-tempo game.

When it comes to defense, Fox forces his opponents to play his speed and that could be problem (in a good way). The young guard plays and shoots as a lefty even though he’s right-handed.

The concerns about Fox is that his 3-point shooting and his jump shot needs a little work.

Congratulations to De’Aaron Fox!