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De’Aaron Fox in the top three of latest Sports Illustrated Mock Draft


Of all of Kentucky’s draft prospects, De’Aaron Fox helped himself in the month of March. Fox was fantastic in the postseason, most notably vs. one of the other elite point guards in the draft, Lonzo Ball. As a result, Fox is climbing the mock drafts. Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo has Fox in the top three of his latest mock, a considerable jump from his previous spot at #11.

“Admittedly, this isn’t as much reflective of Fox’s stock rising as it is a major shift in opinion that was partially influenced by his stellar play down the stretch,” Woo writes. “When it comes down to positional size and strength, end-to-end speed, defensive instincts and highlight-reel talent, Fox may be tops in this draft class. He’s extremely competitive, aggressive and shone as Kentucky’s best player in the second half of the year. He’s offered plenty to suggest that he’ll be highly impactful regardless of the questions about his jump shot – which to his credit, doesn’t look broken, but will need addressing. Fox was not always an efficient scorer and is less polished offensively than Fultz and Smith (who also favor driving off the bounce), but in terms of pure malleable talent, there is a case for him to be selected even higher than this. The shooting issues give him a slightly lower floor, but the ceiling is massive.”

Also in Woo’s mock: Malik Monk at #7 and Bam Adebayo at #27. Bam has yet to decide whether or not he’ll stay in the draft or return to school (he has until May 24). Like many NBA writers, Woo seems torn on Bam’s prospects.

“Adebayo’s lost a bit of his five-star luster and may still return to Kentucky,” Woo writes. “He’s got a great build, works hard on the glass, plays above the rim and doesn’t eat up a ton of touches in order to be effective, but also doesn’t do too much else. His post skills aren’t far along, he doesn’t shoot jumpers very comfortably in games, and you can see his physicality paling a bit in comparison once he’s lined up against grown men every night. The big question is what else he can offer, and whether going back to school will unearth any new dimensions to his game. As-is, he’s still a useful role player.”

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[Sports Illustrated]

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9 responses to “De’Aaron Fox in the top three of latest Sports Illustrated Mock Draft”

  1. 8xchamp

    Forgot to add brickscoe and lumphreys at #s 246 and 247 respectively.

    1. catsarerunnin

      And you at zero…

    2. runningunnin.454

      Noooo…that means 8x will be back.

    3. J-Dub421

      Cats paw, is that you?

  2. Sentient Third Eye

    Fox had pretty much solved any shooting issues by season’s end. Granted, that left a small sample of games to see where he shot well, but I expect he’ll have no problems once he starts working out for teams.

  3. runningunnin.454

    I would take Bam back for another year. It’s no disgrace to Not be a one-and-done.

    1. Peas and Carrots

      I’d be happy to see Bam come back too, but it would be smart to go if he’s a guaranteed first rounder. So. Briscoe was better than Fr. Briscoe but it didn’t help his draft stock.

    2. donjohnson

      Those 2 are not comparable. Briscoe is small, average at best athlete, and slow for PG in NBA. He really didn’t improve the one area that would boost his stock which was shooting. If BAM came back and got 1 or 2 post moves and consistently knocked down 15 foot jumper which he showed towards the end of year he could do….and rebounded all season like last 10 games….he would be top 6/7 pick especially in next year’s draft. Briscoe could play at UK till he was 28…….unless he became a knock down shooter he would always be a second rounder at best. He is not even REALLY GOOD at any NBA skill they look for. Basically same as lamb…..great shooter below average EVERYTHING else. 2nd round was his peak and maybe not drafted if he didn’t go that year.

  4. 2Dogs

    What about the Field and Stream mock draft? Too many mock drafts. Especially when they have the same player going #3 in one draft and he’s the #4 point guard in another. I think most readers on this site have watched enough basketball to make an informed judgement about where he should go. Personally I’d say top 5 as I think his ceiling is higher than most other point guards. Sorry folks. I guess that’s another mock draft.