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No surprise that De’Aaron Fox will enter NBA Draft

De’Aaron Fox (Jeff Houchin Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After leading Kentucky to the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles as well as an appearance in the Elite Eight, freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox has decided he will put his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

The NBA Draft is June 22.

Fox was “phenomenal” in 39-point performance in win over UCLA

De’Aaron Fox (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Only three Kentucky players — Dan Issel, Jack Givens and Tayshaun Prince — have scored 40 points or more in a NCAA Tournament game. Freshman De’Aaron Fox almost made it four Friday night.

Fox had 39 points to help Kentucky beat UCLA in the South Region semifinals and advance to Sunday afternoon’s regional final against North Carolina for a berth in the Final Four.

Fox has learned how to run a team

De’Aaron Fox, John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

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.

Monk, Fox Add NABC All-District to Growing List of Honors

Malik Monk (Jeff Houchin Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kentucky’s leading scorers, Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, added to their growing list of postseason accolades with selection to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 21 First Team. UK’s duo was joined on the five-man first team by South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell and Georgia’s Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier.

Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I, the student-athletes represent the finest basketball players in America. The players are selected from schools that make up the Southeastern Conference.

Fox does not mind being the closer when needed

De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

In Kentucky’s last six games, De’Aaron Fox has averaged almost 20 points per game, got to the foul line 45 times and shot over 50 percent from the field.

More importantly, he’s become the closer for UK with his late scoring and did it again in Sunday’s win over Wichita State.

“There’s been a couple games like that. The first one was, I think, Mississippi State. I think the SEC tournament, I was really good down the stretch. Also, the Georgia game, at Georgia, I was good down the stretch. So it’s just been a few games. We don’t have a go-to person down the stretch because we’ve got multiple guys that can get it done,” Fox said.

UK-Wichita State postgame notes, numbers

Derek Willis had eight rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. Wichita State – NCAA Tournament Second Round

March 19, 2017, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,293

Final Score: No. 2-seed Kentucky 65, No. 10-seed Wichita State 62                                                       

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won 13 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and improved to 31-5 overall.

o   Kentucky reached 31 wins for the fourth time in the John Calipari era.

Calipari on officials: “If you make a call, then you better make that same call for my team.”

Tempers flared at Mississippi State Tuesday. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What is causing so many fouls in Southeastern Conference games?

There have been 233 fouls called in UK’s last five SEC games, and 144 in the last three including 52 in Tuesday’s win at Mississippi State.

“If they’re going to call 144, just make sure they’re on both of us. Don’t just make them on our team. Call them on everybody,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “If you’re calling hand checks, call them all. If not, let them all go.

Cats understand what Diallo can do to help this year

Hamidou Diallo

By LARRY VAUGHT

De’Aaron Fox is not sure how any high school player could join an elite college basketball program at midseason and be able to make an immediate impact.
“It would have been extremely difficult for me. I didn’t really struggle at the beginning, but I think in the middle of the season when everybody is starting to try to hit their peaks and you’re just coming in – you’re at the bottom of the barrel, you don’t really know what’s going on – I think it’s extremely difficult coming in midseason like that,” said the Kentucky freshman point guard.

Fox admits that his triple-double “clearly wasn’t” a triple-double

De'Aaron Fox in the Bahamas. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

De’Aaron Fox in the Bahamas. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

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.

Fox named SEC Freshman of the Week for second time this season

1BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After posting just the second triple-double in school history last week, guard De’Aaron Fox was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Fox becomes the first player in the league this year to win two weekly SEC honors. He also won SEC Freshman of the Week the opening week of the season.

Fox averaged 17.0 points, a team-high 9.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds for the week in games against Arizona State in the Bahamas and at home vs. then-No. 11/9 UCLA. The highlight of the week was his game against the Sun Devils on Monday, when he posted 14 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 10 assists. It marked the school’s first triple-double since Chris Mills posted the program’s first one on Dec. 27, 1988.

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