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When Calipari says go, Fox takes off

De'Aaron Fox, left, had five steals Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

De’Aaron Fox, left, had five steals Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans finally got a chance to see what freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox can do on the basketball court — and he did not disappoint during Friday night’s Blue-White Game.

Fox had 31 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field and 8-for-10 at the foul line, 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocked shots. That’s a stat-stuffer whether it is an intrasquad scrimmage or marquee matchup with a ranked opponent.

“It was fun. We went out there, had fun. We competed. We had to play all 40 minutes, so guys got tired and you started seeing it towards the end,” said Fox.

Fox has speed. Make it John Wall-like speed.

“You saw the speed of De’Aaron Fox. One time he started walking. I said, ‘Go!’ Second and a half he shot a layup. What just happened?” Calipari said.

Fox said he got the message quickly from Calipari like he does daily.

“I kind of don’t run until he tells me to run. There was one possession I was walking it and he was like, ‘Go!’ And in two seconds, I dunked it. So I kind of wait until he tells me. It’s something I’m kind of learning to do, learning to use my speed a little bit more,” Fox said. “When I’m pushing the pace, the other team, defensively, they just run back to the paint and I’m getting guys open looks. If I’m using my No. 1 weapon, I feel like it helps the team a lot.”

It would seem to be a point guard’s dream when a coach tells him to go even faster. Fox agrees, but says it comes with a price.

“It’s kind of hard because you gotta be in better shape to be running a hundred miles per hour all game. It’s kind of tough, but at the same time it’s something that you love to do. A coach is telling you to do and letting you get all your marbles off, it’s good. Everybody wants to have that type of coach,” Fox said.

2 comments

  1. Larry Pup

    These guys are getting a lot of hype. Great looking team, we’ll see if this could be the year for No. 9.

  2. Persimmon Knob

    This kid has a first step that is unparalleled….anywhere. It makes his change of pace even more impressive. From where we were seated he appeared to be faster than was John Wall at a comparable stage in his development.

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