Over the past few months, De’Aaron Fox has drawn several comparisons to John Wall for his speed. After watching Fox score 16 points and dish out 11 assists, Cleveland State coach Gary Waters made the same comparison, recalling when his team faced John Wall back in Cancun back in 2009-10.
“If the NBA had a different rule, they’d probably be in there right now,” Waters said of Fox and Malik Monk. “They’re very good basketball players, especially Fox. Playing as well as [John Wall.] He’s not shooting as well, but he’s playing as well.”
Waters was full of compliments for Kentucky today, especially their speed and energy on defense.
“I knew they’d come after us. And they came after us. The scary thing is, they enjoy coming out there and doing it because they think they can get creative with it. And [Cal] lets them get creative with it.”
What’s the difference between Kentucky and other elite teams, to Waters?
They’re ranked #1 for a purpose. They’ve got a chance to hold that a little bit,” Waters said. “The difference I see between them and others if they’ve got more of them. I imagine Cal loves coming to practice.”
Waters also went as far to compare this group of freshmen to Michigan’s Fab Five…whoa.