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De’Aaron Fox: The Kings’ New Guard

By Kid Kelly

As a young kid, De’Aaron Fox would wake up early to go to the gym and spend the rest of his free time playing NBA 2k on his couch before falling asleep to restart the process. It’s no surprise that the nineteen year old has become such a basketball star almost overnight. He was born in Louisiana but he moved to Cypress Texas where he attended the local high school. Every year there he became even better than the following: sophomore year he had 22.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, the following he ended with 23.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Finally, his senior season he was averaging 31.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game making him an easy five-star recruit for Division I teams to focus on recruiting. He led his high school team to three stat championships when he ended his career there and was invited to the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoops Summit. Fox was considered the best guard in his draft class and it came as no surprise when he decided to continue his basketball career into college.

De'Aaron Fox

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In 2015, De’Aaron Fox committed to the University of Kentucky over schools like LSU and Louisiana. He became an instant hit in Kentucky, consistently having games where he scored a decent amount. In the SEC Tournament, he won the SEC Tournament MVP after scoring eighteen points in a win over the University of Arkansas. He also helped lead the team on an impressive run throughout the NCAA Tournament, getting Kentucky to the Elite Eight before the team lost to the UNC Tar Heels. By the time his freshman season had ended, he was averaging 16.7 points, 1.5 steals, 4.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 47.8% field goal percentage per game. His high draft stock led Fox to wave his next three years of college eligibility to enter the 2017 NBA Draft with the projection of being chosen in the first round.

As expected, De’Aaron Fox was chosen fifth by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the draft on June 22. About two weeks later he signed his rookie contract cementing his position on the Kings’ roster for the upcoming season. The young player has played in three preseason games thus far with his best coming October 2 against the San Antonio ¬†Spurs. He scored 16 points, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and 87.5% field goal percentage for a pretty decent debut. Unfortunately, the point guard was ruled out for his upcoming game due to injury and has been called day-to-day at this point. It would be a huge loss to the Kings if their new star gets seriously injured before the season even starts, especially since Fox has been poised to be a breakout leader for the team.

De'Aaron Fox

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With his terrific showing throughout his career, De’Aaron Fox could be the best rookie point guard in the league thus far. His athleticism and talent are enviable but also make him a huge asset to Sacramento this season. Fox’s NBA career might just be starting but he’s definitely a young player to keep an eye on in the upcoming years as a potential star.

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