By LARRY VAUGHT
Wichita State guard Landry Shamet got a first-hand look Sunday at what it was like to try and contain Kentucky freshman guard De’Aaron Fox.
“He’s an NBA guard. They’ve got a couple of them. He’s pretty versatile. Played him more as a driver, so you kind of knew when he wanted to get to the rim and play off the dribble,” Shamet said.
“He does present some challenges. He’s really quick. He’s like a bigger, stronger Paris Lee, a good, heady player. We had a good game plan coming in on how to contain him and (Malk) Monk and the rest of the guys, and I think we executed for the most part.”
Fox will lead Kentucky against UCLA Friday night in Memphis. UCLA beat UK earlier this season 97-92.
Fox has been concentrating on improving his decision making and knows he has little margin for error against the Bruins.
“It’s going to be extremely important, just being able to take care of the ball, help my team get into scoring positions, things like that. When I cut down my turnovers, I feel like we have a greater chance of success,” he said.
“And that’s just with any player on the team if we’re not turning the ball over. We’re getting more shots, have more opportunities to make shots, more opportunities to get offensive rebounds and get second chances. I was focusing on mine, but when I’m making good decision, I feel like the whole team has been making good decisions.”
Fox said a lot of that has come from maturing as the season has gone on.
“Coming in, we didn’t know much about it. I can speak for myself. I didn’t know much about it, how to run a team just yet. But as the season’s gone by, I’ve learned,” Fox said.
“I’ve learned a lot of things. And being a freshman isn’t an excuse anymore. We’re basically sophomores now. We’ve got to go out and play.”