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Esquire followed De’Aaron Fox around on draft night; concludes he is “irrepressibly cool”

On a night when the lights were bright, few players shined like De’Aaron Fox. From flashing his blinged out watch at the start of ESPN’s broadcast to thoughtfully answering the Sports Illustrated kid reporter’s questions afterwards, Fox was the most charismatic player in the Barclays Center last night. Esquire magazine agrees. Esquire‘s Jack Holmes shadowed Fox last night as he made the rounds, and reported that he was positively charmed.

And Fox is ready for the fame. Whether because of his time on the big stage of Kentucky basketball or some inherent effervescence, Fox is not just media-savvy, or “a good kid.” He can command a room from a press-conference microphone, and he can jaw with a reporter without ever saying something he wouldn’t want on Twitter. He’s got a nerdiness to him–he doesn’t go out, he says, and he plays video games as much as five or six hours a day–but he pairs it with a self-possession, a comfort with his own being, that is irrepressibly cool.

Lots of really interesting stuff in this profile, including how grueling draft night can be for prospects after they hear their name called, and, not surprisingly, that Fox handled it better than most.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Esquire followed De’Aaron Fox around on draft night; concludes he is “irrepressibly cool”

  1. 4everUKblue
    5:59 pm June 23, 2017 Permalink

    That’s our boy! BBN Ambassador, we are so lucky for him to be part of the BBN!

  2. 4everUKblue
    6:01 pm June 23, 2017 Permalink

    But not just Fox, all of our guys are class individuals. That’s who we are and that’s how we do it here at UK and that’s why everyone hates us….because we set the bar so high.

  3. wesmorgan1
    6:30 pm June 23, 2017 Permalink

    Ever hear Herm Edwards (NFL coach) talk about listing players as DND-C – “do not draft – character” – on draft night? He has said that there were years in which he had 8-10 players so listed…

    It’s SO nice that we don’t often hear that about UK players.

  4. Luether
    7:38 pm June 23, 2017 Permalink

    Wishing Fox the best of success, luck, and health in his new job. It’s pretty clear we have not come close to replacing him so will miss him dearly…