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De’Aaron Fox in Play for National Player of the Year

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Even though we’re less than a month into the college basketball season, some are already analyzing who will win postseason awards.  Of course, there’s a Kentucky player in contention.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has an early list of ten candidates for National Player of the Year.  Nestled right in the middle at No. 5 is Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox.

Ball isn’t the only freshman point guard making an impact on a top-10 team. Same goes for Fox, who is averaging 15.9 points, 7.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds. The projected lottery pick recorded a triple-double in last week’s 115-68 win over Arizona State. He’s scored at least 16 points in four of Kentucky’s past five games.

Parrish begins with a reference to Lonzo Ball because he believes Ball is currently miles ahead of everyone else.  He made some solid plays against UK, most notably the back-breaking steal that stopped Kentucky’s late run, but I didn’t see a guy who is hands down the best player in America.

Parrish also has a pair of Dookies on the list and someone UK will face next Saturday, UNC’s Joel Berry.

[CBS Sports]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for De’Aaron Fox in Play for National Player of the Year



  1. david8577
    11:02 am December 7, 2016 Permalink

    Is it me or is Lonzo Ball difficult to look upon? I mean, that dude is not easy on the eyes.



  2. jonthes
    12:55 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    Fox outplayed Ball even though we lost. We lost because of UCLA’s front line.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:28 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

      Indeed. Ball is a real talent, but Fox is his equal or better. The only reason I see to project him higher in the draft than Fox is that he has a sturdier frame and will probably hold up better year in and year out as a pro.