Kentucky’s elite backcourt is starting better than last year’s talented Tyler Ulis-Jamal Murray duo. Malik Monk can go for 30 at any given moment, but Dime Magazine thinks UK’s point guard is a better fit at the next level.
Fox’s size and speed fit well at the next level. His outside shooting has been nothing short of horrific, but if it improves, the sky is the limit.
With that out of the way (his outside shot), virtually every other part of his game is highly impressive. He stands at 6’4 with the ability to swallow up opposing point guards defensively, and Fox is quite possibly the most dominant defensive guard in the nation. Offensively, Fox attacks the rim with reckless abandon, rebounds at a high level (5.0 per game), and distributes to his loaded assembly of teammates as the team’s primary facilitator.
Describing Fox’s defense as “dominant” is a stretch, especially if you watched the Louisville game, but I understand why Fox is considered a better pro prospect than Monk. Even though his leaping ability mitigates the problem, 6’4″ is still undersized for an NBA wing. Monk also struggles defensively, but to his credit, he’s continually improved since he arrived in Lexington.
Dime listed Fox as the No. 5 talent in the 2017 draft, Monk is No. 9 as the class’ “purest scorer” and Bam Adebayo was ranked No. 12, the highest I’ve seen him ranked by any outlet.