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Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox Declares for NBA Draft

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Kentucky freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox declared for the NBA Draft Monday and plans to sign with an agent, per the university.

“First of all, I’m grateful for the unbelievable season we had,” Fox said. “Although the ending didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, this team came together as a family and we achieved things that a lot of people didn’t think we could because we were so young.”

“I want to thank my teammates for being on this ride with me as well as the seniors and specifically Zay (Isaiah Briscoe) for guiding me this season,” Fox continued. “It wouldn’t have been such a smooth transition from high school to college without their leadership.”

A four-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection, Fox was named the most valuable player of the 2017 SEC Tournament after leading the Wildcats to their third consecutive title.

In addition to All-SEC First Team honors by the Associated Press and the league’s coaches, Fox was named a third-team All-American by USA Today and CBS Sports.

“Last but not least, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation,” said Fox. “There is no other fan base like you in the country. I’ll miss playing in front of you, but I know you’ll continue to support me at the next level.”

Fox was part of a two-headed attack that included All-American Malik Monk. The two were one of the most potent backcourts in the country, averaging 36.5 points, 6.9 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 2.4 steals and almost 1.0 block per outing in 61.7 minutes per.

“De’Aaron’s speed, length and ability to pick up defensively from 94 feet set him apart from his peers,” Calipari said. “De’Aaron came in here focused from day one, and to see his improvement from the beginning of the season to the end was special. What you saw from De’Aaron over the last month and a half of the season I think is what NBA teams will get for the future.”

Fox is projected by DraftExpress to be the #6 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

 

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