John Wall Says De'Aaron Fox Will Be Better Than Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2017

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 24:  De'Aaron Fox #0 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots a free throw against the UCLA Bruins during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 24, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Count John Wall among those who believes De'Aaron Fox will have a better NBA career than Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz.

During a conversation with CSN Mid Atlantic's Chris Miller, Wall said he would bet on a fellow Kentucky Wildcat product to emerge as the best point guard in the 2017 draft class. 

"A lot of people say it’s bias because he’s from Kentucky, but I think De’Aaron Fox might end up being the best point guard out of that class," he said. "He reminds me of myself a lot, just a lefty."

He's not kidding. 

Not only are Fox and Wall both blurs in the open floor, but they produced rather similar statistical lines during their lone seasons at Kentucky under head coach John Calipari. 

Here's a side-by-side comparison, for context, courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

  • De'Aaron Fox: 16.7 PPG, 4.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 47.8 FG%, 24.6 3P%, 22.6 PER
  • John Wall: 16.6 PPG, 6.5 APG, 1.8 SPG, 46.1 FG%, 32.5 3P%, 22.3 PER

Just like Wall, Fox will enter the NBA with questions about his jump shot. 

But if his single college campaign was any indication, Fox has the skills necessary to evolve as a scorer—even if he never becomes a true marksman. 

Specifically, Fox is likely to lean on his ability to hesitate and change pace to keep defenders on their heels as he eyes floaters in the lane and easy buckets around the basket after he shot 64.2 percent at the rim with Kentucky, per Hoop-Math.com

If Fox can use those skills to advantage while steadily developing a reliable mid-range jumper, he should morph into a force before long.