By LARRY VAUGHT
About two weeks ago freshman guard De’Aaron Fox became only the second Kentucky’s men basketball player to have a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a rout of Arizona State in the Bahamas.
He joined Chris Mills who had a triple double almost 30 years ago as the only two Cats to reach that feat.
However, Friday the freshman had the courage — and honesty — to admit that he should not have had the triple-double.
Questions arose about what assist credited to Fox that it looked like should have gone to Wenyen Gabriel. Kentucky officials asked that the game tape be reviewed, but the stat crew working the game stayed pat on 10 assists.
“I didn’t care. I don’t care. I’m not playing for stats so if it didn’t happen, it didn’t happen. Cal told me that night on the phone and I was like, ‘I don’t care.’ They made a big deal out of it but if it didn’t happen it didn’t happen and if it did, it did. I’ll just move on,” Fox said Friday — the first time he has been available to the media since his triple-double.
So did he think the controversial assist was an assist?
“I was like, ‘How is this controversial?’ It clearly wasn’t but I’m not going to tell them to change it,” Fox laughed and said. “It didn’t make sense to me, but they’re doing their job. They said it stands so it stood.”
Fox probably will have chances to record another triple-double based on the numbers he’s had this season and the pace that UK plays. However, he insists he’s not worried about his numbers.
“I’m not taking pride in my assist numbers. It’s just setting up teammates. If they make the shot they make it and it gives me an assist and if they miss, they miss. Just play it by ear,” Fox said.
“I mean, I’m not looking at the numbers. I don’t see the sheet during the game so sometimes I end with 10 assists and sometimes I end with four. It just depends on the game and depends on what happens. I’m not really worried about it.”