LEXINGTON, Ky. — De’Aaron Fox injured his right ankle in the first half Saturday against South Carolina, and Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne said Monday that Fox is “day-to-day.”
Payne was unsure if Fox would practice Monday, but the freshman guard was seen walking into the practice gym with his right ankle taped. Fox was carrying his sneakers.
De'Aaron Fox just walked through. No boot or crutches, walking into practice gym. No shoes on but right ankle taped.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) January 23, 2017
Fox was wearing a walking boot when he returned from the locker room after halftime on Saturday. Kentucky coach John Calipari updated his status after the game.
“It’s not swelled. I think it might’ve been a stinger, I don’t know,” Calipari said. “Something hit his ankle, so he’s in a boot. But they said there’s no swelling, so I don’t know.”
Kentucky managed to beat South Carolina 85-69 and stay undefeated in SEC play even without Fox on the floor. But Payne made no doubt about what the Cats point guard brings to the team.
“I think you saw a little bit of the adjustment we had to make,” Payne said of when Fox went out. “We went through a spell where without him we was a little confused, discombobulated, but we got it together which is a great sign of a good team, that without any missing piece we win games.”
Fox is second on the team in scoring at 16.2 points per game and he leads the Wildcats with 114 assists.
Senior guard Mychal Mulder is still battling an illness that kept him out of Saturday’s game.
“Hopefully we get him back soon,” Payne said. “We need him. He’s been playing well. We need him.”
Kentucky plays Tennessee at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday in Knoxville, Tenn.