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De’Aaron Fox says Jarred Vanderbilt is “The Best Rebounder I’ve Ever Seen”


One former Cat is happy to praise another Kentucky Wildcat.

The Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox made an appearance on the latest episode of The Ringer NBA Show.  He talked about his first year in the league, what it’s like to go through NBA Draft process and many other goofy topics, but what’s most intriguing are his comments about the Kentucky Wildcats in this year’s NBA Draft.

Few people know the players better than him.  Fox watched most of Kentucky’s games and played against the team in pick-up games last summer.  He knew right away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would be a star.

“Shai played his self into the lottery,” Fox said.  “I could’ve told you before the season.  Shai is just really smooth.  He came into his own in the middle of the season.”

He’s only known Gilgeous-Alexander for about a year.  He’s played with Jarred Vanderbilt since they were in fourth grade.  Despite last season’s injury problems, Fox believes Vanderbilt is the best rebounder he’s ever seen on a basketball court.

“For him, once he gets healthy, he’s the best rebounder I’ve ever seen; seen, played with, played against.  He’s 6’9.” He can really handle the ball. He can play point guard if you really need him to. But he can go get the rebound and push the ball down the floor with anybody.”

Even though we only saw Vanderbilt in limited action, the numbers do not lie.  Bryan Kolbrasky compiled the following total rebounding percentage numbers with some of college basketball’s best.

  • Jarred Vanderbilt — 25.7%
  • Joel Embiid —21.7%
  • De’Andre Ayton — 21.4%
  • Mo Bamba — 20.2%
  • Anthony Davis — 19.0%
  • Robert Williams — 18.9%
  • Karl Anthony-Towns — 18.5%

Currently declared for the NBA Draft, Vanderbilt received an invitation to next week’s NBA Combine, but it’s unclear if injuries will allow him to participate.  His future remains unclear, but Fox clearly believes nobody rebounds better than Vanderbilt.

You can see the entire interview below, or listen to The Ringer NBA Show here.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 responses to “De’Aaron Fox says Jarred Vanderbilt is “The Best Rebounder I’ve Ever Seen””

  1. KYFAN4LYFE

    Well, in Fox’s defense, he’s way too young to have “seen” Moses Malone, Dennis Rodman, Kareem, Bill Russell, etc. But from the tiny sample we’ve seen, his PER…in rebounding at least…could potentially be one of the best in the NBA, but he would need to be more durable for that to happen. That’s the #1 think NBA scouts and execs will have doubts about with Jarred, and likely the main reason most would tell him to go back to school and prove he stay healthy for 30+ games. Nerlens Noel is a prime example of gambling on a player not being a good idea.

  2. Alleykat16

    You go Fox. Love it when they back the players that has come after them. There are some players that have gotten what they needed fro UK and moved on and haven’t heard a peep from them. So I’m happy that Fox keeps up with what’s going on back on campus. We watching you too Fox so get yourself ready,for your second year in the league and show them what you got

  3. Blue Jesus

    Your most important ability is your availability!

  4. KatsKlaws

    Gotta have 2 working feet to rebound…

  5. JoeMoney333

    Wow. All of a sudden our fans are trashing our players. NBA people aren’t reading your comments. You trashing him isn’t bringing him back.

  6. terwilliger

    JoeMoney are you referring to the comments above? Because anyone who could possibly construe those comments as “trashing” has thinner skin than a baked potato.