De’Aaron Fox Scouting Report

(First posted at RealGM)

This is kind of rare year for Kentucky. They are good but not excellent. They are not that good but not disappointing. And yet, out of this team might leave their highest draft pick since Anthony Davis, as Fox is currently ranked fifth in Draft Express’ top 100.

The six-foot-three point guard has been excellent breaking down opposing defenses at this level. He’s taken 48.3% of his attempts at the basket, converted at a 65.2% clip there, shot 7.8 free throws per 40 minutes and assisted on 29.9% of Kentucky’s scores when he’s been on the floor.

Fox is also considered a very good defender. He presses opponents 35 feet away from the basket and uses his reach to pick their pockets – as he’s averaged 1.9 steals per 40 minutes, did very well in high school navigating over screens and beating his man to the spot with his anticipation skills and contributes in the defensive glass – collecting 13.3% of opponents’ misses when he’s been on the floor – a very good mark for a point guard.

But his struggles as a shooter limit perception of his star potential. He’s missed almost 70% of his 194 shots away from the basket.

Editor’s Note: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at RealGM, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara

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