Team Blue defeated Team White 110-94 during Kentucky basketball's annual preseason intrasquad matchup from Rupp Arena on Friday night.
Point guard Isaiah Briscoe led all scorers with 39 points on the losing White squad, while freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox led the Blue Team with 31.
Fox headlined a freshman class that got its first opportunity to showcase its skills in front of the Kentucky faithful as the players enter the season with big expectations:
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On top of his 31 points, Fox added 12 rebounds and five assists.
The speedy freshman saw most of his offensive success in the transition game, slicing to the basket against defenses that were not set.
Alex Forkner of 247Sports liked what he saw:
Even Kentucky Basketball was impressed with Fox's speed:
Combo guard Malik Monk, another coveted 2016 recruit, supported Fox, as he finished with 26 points and five rebounds.
He electrified the crowd at Rupp with his prowess around the rim, including a monstrous tomahawk dunk in the second half that floored CoachCal.com:
The matchup of the night though was between Fox and sophomore point guard Briscoe of Team White, who was the program's leading returning scorer after the departure of Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress.
Briscoe ensured that he wouldn't be overlooked in what looks like a talented backcourt, adding 10 assists and four rebounds to his 39 points.
The performances were promising for Big Blue Express:
It was a disappointing 2015-16 campaign for the Wildcats. Entering last season as the No. 2 team in the nation, Kentucky moonlighted as No. 1 before dropping to No. 10 by season's end. To make matters worse, Indiana ousted Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
But with a restocked and reloaded roster of young stars in the making, Kentucky fans should expect another successful season given what was exhibited on Friday night.
Stats courtesy of UKAthletics.com.