Have you heard about tomorrow night’s big point guard matchup between De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball? It’s kind of a big deal. They’re saying it’s the best individual head-to-head showdown of the entire tournament.
Anyway, Ball was asked during Thursday’s press conference about going up against Fox once again and he was very complimentary of Fox’s game.
“De’Aaron is a great player, one of the best guards in the country hands down,” Ball said. “It’s a tough match-up, got to come ready to play because I know he is.”
UCLA head coach Steve Alford also weighed in, going a little more in depth with his comments.
Alford said, “We thought he was awfully good when we were in Lexington in December, and I think he’s just continued to get better. He obviously is like a lot of freshmen, they look one way in December and by the time they get to March, it’s not just their skill set, but now you combine their skill set with some experience. And so now that’s what you’re doing. He’s got experience now. He knows what this is about now. He knows what road games are about. He knows what tournament play is about. But he’s just such an elite skill set as a ball handler, and his speed and quickness to get by people, you just don’t see very often. He’s like a lot of them that are elite like he is. As they get older, it seems like they just get better. He’s one of those guys that he looks a lot better now than what he did in December, and we had a awful lot of respect for him in December. He had a really good game against us in December.”
It’s going to be battle between the top two point guards on NBA draft boards.