It ain’t hard to tell that De’Aaron Fox is better than Lonzo Ball.
The first time the two point guards faced off at Rupp Arena, Ball’s team won, but he was outplayed by Fox. Ball had 14 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, compared to Fox’s 24 points and 5 steals.
In the NCAA Tournament, Fox completely dominated Ball from start to finish. Fox had 39 points, 4 assists and two steals. Ball made 1-of-6 threes, scored just 10 points and immediately said after the game, “That was my final game for UCLA. I appreciate all the fans for all the support.”
Despite all of that, NBA scouts still saw Ball as a better pro prospect, penciling him as the No. 2 player in the draft. That’s no longer the case.
Even though neither of the two players participated in the drills at the NBA Draft Combine, ESPN’s Chad Ford left Chicago with one important takeaway: Fox has surpassed Ball on the draft boards of many NBA teams.
“No one helped himself more in March than Fox did,” Ford said. “He has a chance to go as high as No. 2 or No. 3 in this draft.”
I don’t know what took teams so long to come to their senses. Maybe it was Lonzo’s new shoe?