Fox Not Afraid to Call Himself the Fastest

De'Aaron Fox. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics.

De’Aaron Fox. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics.

De’Aaron Fox is the leader of a Kentucky team that started the season 10-1. The Cats freshman point guard does it all, including just the second triple-double in UK history, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Cats 115-69 win over Arizona State in the Bahamas on November 28. The 6-foot-3 Fox played his high school basketball in Houston, Texas.

A few years ago, the great debate was who is faster John Wall or Eric Bledsoe. So who is faster, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe or you?

Me. I’m not gonna say anybody is faster than me. Those guys are fast but I’m not gonna put anybody above me.

What’s the bond like between you and Malik (Monk)?

It’s a brotherly bond. We’ve known each other for a few years and now we just see each other every day now.

Are you roommates?

Well it’s a suite.

How many people in a suite?

Two, it’s me and him.

What is he like as a suite mate?

We’re both laid back, but then when he starts playing country music and stuff, I’m like, I gotta leave.

Aren’t you from Texas?

I’m from Texas but I never got into country music like that.

So what do you listen to?

More hip hop, but I’m from Houston, it’s a bigger city, so you don’t really listen to country music like that, but I know some songs, not the way he does.

What surprised you about being a UK basketball player once you arrived on campus?

You knew you were going to get attention, but once you get here it’s another level.

Coach Cal has a history of having successful point guards, but he’s also harder on the point guard, was that adjustment?

He stops our workouts and our practices a lot and he’s just really attentive. He pays attention to the small things and that’s what I really wanted out of a coach, not to let me get away with anything. He’s not going to let you get away with anything. You know when he stops  you, you know it’s for the better.

When the UK recruits got together at the McDonald’s All-American game and posed for a picture making a sign of “L’s” down, in hindsight was that a bad idea?

I wouldn’t say it was a bad idea. You just represent your school and that’s the rivalry, but it shouldn’t change anything. VT