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.
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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.