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De’Aaron Fox on Isaiah Briscoe: “He just took over.”

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon, a former Alabama assistant, said it was easy to tell Sunday night that Isaiah Briscoe was a veteran player.

“Overall, what stood out was that he was physical and his aggressiveness. So, I thought his poise while he did that … Sometimes, you know, it’s difficult to arrive at that kind of balance where you’re aggressive, you’re physical, but you’re still poised and I thought he played that way for them,” Witherspoon said.

Briscoe had a career-high 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in Sunday’s 93-69 win over Canisius.

De’Aaron Fox believes UK will be “fine” against Michigan State

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox says he doesn’t have any particular game on Kentucky’s scheduled circled as one he can’t wait to play.

But he also would not deny after scoring 21 points in Sunday night’s 93-69 win over Canisius that Tuesday’s game in New York against Michigan State could be special.

I mean, those guys want to play us. We go out the next game and do what we are doing and I think we will be fine,” said Fox.

He knows Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges, who played at Huntington Prep and picked Michigan State over  UK, and played against him in AAU>

Four Wildcats Named Preseason All-SEC by League Coaches

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On the eve of the college basketball season’s opening night, four Kentucky Wildcats were tabbed to the Southeastern Conference coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams on Thursday. Freshmen Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox were named to the first team, while sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk earned second-team honors.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC head men’s basketball coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

Three UK Freshmen on Naismith Preseason Player of the Year Watch List

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The preseason awards continue to roll in for several of the Kentucky Wildcats. Freshmen Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were among 50 players selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year on Thursday.

UK’s trio were among 12 freshmen selected among the 50 total players for the preseason watch list. The mid-season list of 30 will be announced on Feb. 9.

Adebayo, Fox and Monk were simply sensational in UK’s two exhibition contests.

Asbury kept pressing, so UK kept passing and scoring

Derek Willis had 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes Sunday. (Chet White/UK Athletics)

Derek Willis had 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes Sunday. (Chet White/UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky had eight players score in double figures against Asbury in Sunday’s easy 156-63 win and had 34 assists, a number it will not come close to again any time soon.

Calipari said playing unselfish is what players have to do at UK.

“Every one of these guys could try to get 30 (points). You’ve got every one of them that have that kind of ability, and they know they have to do it together,” Calipari said.

Calipari has to figure out best way to use guards

De'Arron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

De’Arron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Trying to figure out the best way to use guards Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox together will be one of the early challenges for coach John Calipari.

All three have to play. Along with Bam Adebayo, they are UK’s best four players and Calipari is not going to keep one on the bench with him.

“We haven’t played them all together. 

Had a great meeting with those three today,” Calipari said after Friday’s Blue-White Game. “We got a lot to figure out. It’s going to be organic, as it always is here. We got to figure out different rotations, who plays better with whom.

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.

Monk Tabbed to Jerry West Award Preseason Watch List

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – When Kentucky guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk shared MVP honors at the Jordan Brand Classic game in April, the Kentucky faithful knew UK had hauled in another impressive backcourt. Just a day after Fox was named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list to honor the nation’s top point guard, Monk was tabbed to the Jerry West Award watch list recognizing the country’s best shooting guard.

Monk is one of 20 candidates on the preseason watch list for the West Award, which will be presented for the third consecutive season to the nation’s top shooting guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame announced its original list Tuesday.

Fox Named to Bob Cousy Award Preseason Watch List

De'Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the first time in the history of the award, a Kentucky basketball player (Tyler Ulis) won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award in 2015-16. The Wildcats, based on the preseason watch list for 2016-17, will look to make it two in a row with freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox.

Fox is one of 20 candidates on the preseason watch list for the Cousy Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top point guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame announced its original list Monday.

Fox knows playing with more talent takes pressure off him

De'Aaron Fox (McDonald's All-American Game Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (McDonald’s All-American Game Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

De’Aaron Fox scored 3,113 points during his high school basketball career for Cypress Lake High School in Texas and averaged 32.4 points per game as a senior.

Yet he admitted he was looking forward to his freshman season at Kentucky due to the talented teammates he’ll have.

“I really enjoy playing with more talent, just because it takes a lot of pressure off you,” he said. “I don’t have to do as much. I can actually play harder. Playing with the best players, it makes your game a lot easier.

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