De’Aaron Fox elected to avoid the hat route for his announcement, choosing instead to show the UK emblem via phone for the “tech-savvy generation.”
“I didn’t want to do the hat thing,” said Fox. “This is such a tech-savvy generation, I had to do that.”
Fox went on to explain why Kentucky was the choice:
“It felt like a family there. When I went on my visit, every fan knew who I was; I got off the airplane and people were greeting me like I’ve been there my whole life.
Getting to know the players and Coach Cal, I feel like I had the best relationship — out of any head coach that recruited me — I had the best relationship with Coach Cal. So that’s what set it apart.”
Fox also said he spoke to some of Calipari’s former point guards, who told him Cal is a great coach to play for and he is the reason they ultimately chose Kentucky. And like many of those former players, Fox is open to the idea of leaving after one season if he is ready, but he is not making plans to be a one-and-done.
“If it happens to be one year, it will be one year,” he said.
When asked if Fox wants any other prospects to join him, he told ESPN, “Just one right now… A guy that goes by the name Malik Monk. I’m trying to get him on board with me.”