Former Kentucky Wildcat and current Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox surprisingly withdrew from participating in Team USA’s upcoming trip to China in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, but there’s a good reason why.
Over at The Athletic, Jason Jones profiled Fox and his trainer to give fans some insight into the former Wildcats offseason.
“It’s kind of natural source,” Fox told Jones in regards to where he gets his impressive speed from. “When people say I’ve gotten faster, it’s really when I started getting stronger, I started to get faster. But I never necessarily worked on the speed aspect.”
Arguably the fastest player in the NBA at age 21, Fox is hinting that he still hasn’t reached his limit. He’s getting bigger. He’s carefully choosing his daily diet. His frame is improving and it’s leading to fantasies of a darting Fox going up and over a 6-foot-10 center for a SportsCenter Top 10 slam.
His fellow (now former) team USA teammate and former Lousiville Cardinal, Donovan Mitchell, said that Fox is “easily the fastest in the NBA in my opinion.”
The scariest part? Fox is already elite at getting to the rim. He finished in the 100th percentile last season in terms of shooting fouls drawn and ranked in the 85th percentile when being fouled on non-shooting fouls. He converted on 26.9 percent of his and-one opportunities last season, as well, which ranked above average for all point guards. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, he shot 63 percent at the rim in his sophomore campaign, ranking in the 81st percentile.
*All stats courtesy of Cleaning the Glass and are relative to point guards*
For someone as slim as Fox, you can imagine how difficult it might be for him to put on weight. Coming into his freshman season at Kentucky, he weighed a mere 170 pounds despite standing at 6-foot-3. And that might have been a generous number. Now he’s hoping to bump that up to a steady 180 of all muscle and speed.
If you have a subscription to The Athletic, definitely head over and check out the article. Fox came close to claiming Most Improved Player last season. It shouldn’t be long before he’s competing for Most Valuable Player status.