We haven’t even seen this year’s group of highly-touted Kentucky freshmen in regular season action, but if you really want to get a sneak peek at 2016, put “De’Aaron Fox” into the YouTube search bar.
The nation’s No. 1 point guard (No. 3 overall, according to 247Sports.com) chose Kentucky over Kansas and Louisville on Thursday evening.
Fox, a 6-foot-4 lefty, made his decision live on ESPNU. But instead of putting on a baseball cap, he held up his iPhone with a “UK” logo on the screen.
“I didn’t want to do the hat thing,” Fox said. “This is such a tech-savvy generation so I had to do that.”
The Cypress Lakes (Katy, Texas) senior was widely expected to pick Kentucky, and he explained why the Wildcats were an easy choice.
“It felt like a family there,” he said. “When I went on my visit, every fan knew who I was. I got off the airplane and people were just greeting me like I’d been there my whole life.”
Given his talent level, he’s likely to be another one-and-done star in coach John Calipari’s NBA machine.
“If I can go to school for one year,” Fox said, “then I will.”
He’s also pushing for 5-star guard Malik Monk to join the Wildcats.
“I’m trying to get him on board with me,” Fox said.
Calipari signed 5-star forward Wenyen Gabriel on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to sign two more big men — 5-star Sacha Killeya-Jones and 4-star Tai Wynyard — before the Nov. 18 deadline.
Monk and guard Kobi Simmons also look like potential 5-star options for the Wildcats.