In a recruiting world full of oversize expectations and outlandish comparisons, five-star combo guard De'Aaron Fox is honest about his game.
Fox — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Katy, Texas — has been watching Kentucky basketball ever since John Calipari took over the program in 2009. He started with John Wall's team, but the next season's freshman leader — Brandon Knight — has been his favorite Calipari guard.
That doesn't mean he's comparing his game to Knight, who just wrapped up his fourth season in the NBA.
"I don't think I play like him," Fox said. "He's a way better shooter than me."
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Fox is already one of the best players in the class of 2016 — ranked between No. 8 and No. 16 by the major recruiting services — but he knows he can still improve.
He's great at getting into the lane and finishing at the basket or finding the open teammate. Fox has also developed a nice mid-range game at the offensive end, and he prides himself on his pesky defense.
His top priority moving forward will be to hone his three-point shooting, but plenty of top schools already like him as he is.
He mentioned Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas State, Louisville and Arizona as a few of the schools that have been recruiting him the hardest, and he has scholarship offers from all of those except U of L and Arizona.
Others are welcome to join the list.
"I think it's too early for favorites," Fox said. "At first, I had a timeframe for when I wanted to commit, which was the end of the summer. But my recruiting started picking up a lot more so I just threw that out the door. Now I'm taking my time.
"Some people can come in late. I'm all open right now."
Kentucky has been in contact with Fox's high school coach, though the elite prospect said over the weekend that no one from UK's staff has spoken to him directly.
If the Cats call, Fox sounds plenty interested.
"That's every kid's dream school," he said. "I watched a lot of their games. The way that Coach Cal just develops ... guys to get to the league. He gets a lot of players to the NBA, and every kid wants to do that. So, it's like living a dream."
Fox is clearly well-versed in Kentucky basketball, and he knew specific statistics for players on this past's season team. He was also aware that seven of those Wildcats will be heading to the NBA next season.
"Guys like that, averaging like 8 points, and still going to be an NBA Draft pick — that's how you want it," Fox said. "You don't want to have to go into college trying to score 30 points to try to win a game.
"It teaches you early that — in the NBA — you're going to play with a lot of good players. And you're going to have to jell together quickly."
Cats miss another one
Five-star small forward Brandon Ingram announced his commitment to Duke on Monday night, a decision that will push the Blue Devils to No. 1 in the class of 2015 recruiting rankings.
Ingram — a 6-foot-9 forward from Kinston, N.C. — had also been considering UK, North Carolina, Kansas, N.C. State and UCLA. He is ranked as the No. 3 overall player in his class by ESPN and 247Sports.
Duke already had commitments from five-star prospects Derryck Thornton, Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter, as well as three-star post player Antonio Vrankovic.
Junior college All-American Mychal Mulder will reveal his next destination at a ceremony at Vincennes University in Indiana on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
The announcement comes one day after Mulder's official visit to Kentucky, and all signs indicate that he will be a Wildcat next season.
Mulder — a 6-4 shooting guard from Windsor, Ontario — led Vincennes (33-2) in scoring with 15.7 points per game this past season. He also made 88 three-pointers and shot 46 percent from long range.
Wichita State, Creighton, Minnesota, Missouri and Mississippi State are among the other programs that have extended scholarship offers.
Brandon Ingram's decision leaves Jaylen Brown and Cheick Diallo as the only two uncommitted players from this year's McDonald's All-American Game, and both are considering Kentucky.
Diallo is expected to announce his decision Tuesday or Wednesday. UK, Kansas and St. John's are the three schools at the top of his list.
There is no timetable for Brown, the No. 1 recruit in the Scout.com rankings for the class of 2015. Scout's Evan Daniels says Brown is still considering UK, Kansas, California, Michigan and North Carolina after trimming UCLA and in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech.
What a weekend
Apparently, five-star recruit Malik Monk likes to play basketball in the Bluegrass.
The Arkansas native averaged 25.2 points per game and made 44 percent of his three-point attempts in four games of Nike EYBL play this past weekend at the Kentucky Basketball Academy.
Monk — a 6-foot-3 shooting guard — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 4 overall prospect in the class of 2016.
John Calipari watched him play twice Saturday and once Sunday. In those three games — all victories — Monk averaged 27.0 points and made half of his three-pointers (nine of 18).