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De’Aaron Fox Enjoys LSU Visit; Kentucky Home Visit, Louisville Official Up Next
De’Aaron Fox, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016, enjoyed his official visit to LSU over the weekend and will host Kentucky coach John Calipari Monday night for an in-home visit before taking his next official to Louisville this coming weekend.
“Coach [Johnny] Jones and [David] Patrick made us feel like we were right at home, they were real welcoming,” Cypress Lakes (TX) coach Emmanuel Olatunbosun said Monday by phone. “We got a good feeling when we got there.”
Thanks in large part to Patrick, LSU has a loaded freshman class highlighted by potential No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons along with guards Brandon Sampson and Antonio Blakeney. Now they’re looking to add Fox to their 2016 class.
“I think anywhere he goes coaches won’t lock him into one position,” Coach O said. “He’s basically just a playmaker.”
Fox has drawn comparisons to John Wall, and Coach O said he can see that analogy but doesn’t think it’s fair to compare players to NBA guys.
“I can see that,” he said. “I think he’s going to be great. I think it’s unfair when you start comparing kids to somebody. From watching De’Aaron I think he’s going to be impactful because he plays defense. If you can play defense then you’re going to have success. If he works hard and keeps developing I think he’s going to be impactful on the next level.”
Fox has already had home visits with LSU, Kansas, Arizona and N.C. State, with Kentucky up on Monday.
He has officials scheduled for Louisville (Sept. 25-27), Kansas (Oct. 9-11), Kentucky (Oct. 16-18) and Arizona (Nov. 6-8).
He is expected to decide sometime after those visits.
“That’s the goal, it’s a feel thing for him,” Coach O said. “He’s not going to draw it out if he doesn’t have to.”
Fox is the projected No. 6 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.
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