Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox Feels Like He’s ‘The Best’ Point Guard In The NBA Draft
The consensus on the eve of the NBA Draft Lottery is Markelle Fultz of the Washington Huskies, and UCLA product Lonzo Ball are the two best players and two best point guards in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Kentucky Wildcats star De’Aaron Fox begs to differ. Fox is considered to be a player that will be taken in the top-five selections, but he feels he’s the best player in the draft at his position of point guard, via Pro Basketball Talk:
“I feel like I’m the best,” Fox said. “If they’re drafted above me, I’m cool with it. You have to play basketball at the end of the day.”
Fox became a household after having the game of his life in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament back in March. Fox dominated from start to finish against Ball’s squad leading his Wildcats to a convincing victory with a 39-point performance.
Fox’s career night made a statement as he caught the eye of many scouts and NBA front office personnel in the stands against UCLA. Although Fox isn’t the prolific shooter in comparison to Fultz and Ball’s ability to be a force beyond the arc, he makes up for it with a high motor and an edge on the defensive end of the floor.
The real question is whether teams in contention to take Fox value him high enough to take him over Ball or Fultz when draft day comes on June 22. Most mock drafts have Fox going anywhere from three to five with Ball and Fultz still ahead of him.
It remains to be seen whether Fox might land in the NBA Draft regarding team and draft position, but he’s making his case to be in the same conversation as Ball and Fultz.