The annual parade out the front door of the University of Kentucky has officially begun. On Monday, standout point guar De’Aaron Fox announced that he’ll be leaving the Wildcats after only one season of college basketball and trying his luck in the NBA.
Fox becomes the 19th Kentucky player to do so in the past eight season under John Calipari.
Fox announced that he would be looking to sign an agent immediately; once he does, he will become officially ineligible to play in the collegiate ranks ever again.
The 6-foot-3 guard confirmed his decision with a post on social media.
A McDonalds All-American in high school, Fox’s success translated at the next level, a trend he hopes will continue. In his lone year at Kentucky, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds. His exciting play towards the second half of the year and through the tournament was particularly noteworthy, and likely helped boost his draft stock considerably.
Currently, Fox is expected to go somewhere between the fourth and eighth pick of the draft.
His departures, along with the possible/likely departures of Isaiah Briscoe, and Malik Monk, would leave the Wildcats in an uncouth, if familiar position. The team will need a total rebuild of its backcourt and be deplete of any experience or depth with the departures of seniors Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder.
Fortunately for the Wildcats, this is Calipari’s field of expertise. Expect to be having the same discussion this time next year, when another star freshman for Kentucky has decided to leave for the NBA.
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