All eyes were on De’Aaron Fox in today’s media session following his record-setting 39-point performance vs. UCLA last night. Fox has always been confident, but he seemed extra sure of himself this afternoon; in fact, John Calipari had to rein him in a few times at the podium. When asked about the SEC having three teams in the Elite Eight, Fox predicted that Kentucky will join the winner of Florida and South Carolina in next weekend’s Final Four.
“Both of those teams are great. I didn’t really play against South Carolina, but Florida was great. They beat us down there pretty good, and getting a chance at them again. Just all the SEC, everyone wants to talk down on it, things like that, but right now, it’s one guaranteed team is going to be in the Final Four just because those two are playing against each other, but I want to say it’s going to be two in there.”
“I don’t know about that,” Cal said. “He didn’t say that.”
Later on, Calipari cut Fox off from answering more questions when he said if things go as planned, the Cats have three games left.
“For me, I’m not worried about that,” Fox said of people who criticize Kentucky’s one-and-done culture. “We’re still playing basketball, so I’m not thinking about leaving. If things go as planned, we still have three games left, so that’s not in my mind right now.”
“You’d better play well, that’s all I’m saying, with the stuff you’re saying,” Cal said.
Fox’s teammates teased him throughout the rest of the session, but when the starters broke out into individual interview sessions, he made some more breaking news: he grew up as a North Carolina fan. Whaaaaaa????
“I grew up kind of a North Carolina fan,” Fox said. “Just watching them. Michael Jordan went there. They’re just one of those teams you kind of watch. I just like watching them play. They’ve always been winning. I’ve never seen a season since I’ve been alive and could comprehend basketball, I’ve never seen a season when they haven’t had a winning record.”
That should make beating them tomorrow even sweeter, right?
(Of course Fox said that right as I turned off my video, but you can see five minutes of the Q&A below)