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Fox’s Future Depends on his Jump Shot


Point guard De’Aaron Fox is one of the fastest players we’ve ever seen with a basketball in his hands in a Kentucky uniform.  If not for John Wall, that honor would without question be Fox’s.  With that speed and athleticism, Fox brings length, providing unlimited optimism for NBA scouts.  There’s just one problem: his jump shot.

Sam Vecenie profiled Fox’s shooting ailment for Vice Sports.  Because it’s Vice, there are plenty of incomprehensible metrics used to describe how good he’s been, especially with short range floaters, followed by how terrible he’s shot the basketball this season.

Even with a small sample size, the numbers tell the story. Fox is eight-for-48 from three-point range this season, good for just 16.7 percent. Out of 2,032 Division I basketball players to take at least 25 catch-and-shoot jumpers this season, Fox currently ranks second-to-last, with an effective field-goal percentage of 13.8. He isn’t much better off the dribble, ranking in the 13th percentile nationally with a 24.5 effective field-goal percentage.

As bad as he’s been, most scouts don’t believe it’s a long-term problem.  It’s not something you’d tinker with just a month before the NCAA Tournament, but it seems to be a relatively simple fix.

When he shoots, Fox gets good elevation, has fine balance, puts arc on the ball, and doesn’t lack confidence. His biggest problem is mechanical: the upper half of his body has too much motion going on, and much of that is inconsistent.

“[His shot] needs a lot of work,” said an NBA executive. “He constantly changes his release point. There’s a lot going on in that motion, including a thing where sometimes he brings the ball back to the left side of his head. Someone’s just gotta help him get it to consistent.”

Even if Fox can’t create the perfect fix for his jump shot, there’s a future for him in the NBA thanks to John Wall.  Shooting is now placed at a premium for all NBA guards, but the former Cat has paved a path, proving you don’t need unlimited to range to create offense.

[Vice Sports]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

13 Comments for Fox’s Future Depends on his Jump Shot

  1. catsarerunnin
    6:37 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Bun and Gun

    7:26 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Fox’s future depends on his interest in removing the extra weight piled on top of his head so he can get back up to speed. That man bun is slowing him down. Once the heavy fur ball is gone and his speed has returned, THEN he will be able to focus on a “jump shot”.

  3. TBW3011
    7:40 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    He’s top 8 jumper or not. And who is the guy claiming he has good arch on his jumpers? He shoots fastballs at the rim.

  4. Rick_S
    7:51 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Fox is without a doubt the worst shooter ive seen ever at UK..It’s a TO every time he shoots outside the paint..I thought Briscoe was bad, but Fox is way worse

    • AGSlater
      9:17 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      He needs to square up to the basket. He shoots sideways. I havent watched much tape, but I bet he pushes most misses left.

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      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
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      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
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      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
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      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

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      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football

  5. Luether
    8:07 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Fox will develop an NBA jump shot and be an impact player in a few years. There’s no doubt…

  6. runningunnin.454
    8:07 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    I think Fox and Briscoe should both come back next year…a guard in the NBA has to be able to hit the mid range shots at least; Wall is a much better shooter now than he was at UK.
    Their jump shots can be “fixed”, but another year in college wouldn’t hurt…takes time.

    • Sarahvah
      8:25 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      Briscoe maybe, Fox no. That logjam at PG would be a nightmare and Fox’s shot can be fixed just like MKG’s was in the pros

    • AGSlater
      9:18 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      He is going top 10. He will never come back. Cal wouldnt let it happen nor should he

    • ClutchCargo
      9:31 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      He would have a lot more time to work on his shot as a pro than as a college student. He could use that NBA money to hire himself a shot doctor. He gone.

  7. jaws2
    8:53 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Hmmmmm, and why is this not being worked on now, or in the summer?