USA Basketball Junior NT Mini-Camp Scouting Reports: Point Guards October 7, 2015 De'Aaron Fox, 6-4, PG, Katy, TX, Class of 2016
-Good size for a point guard at 6'3 or 6'4
-Elite defender. Tremendous lateral quickness and technique. Consistently stayed in front of some of the country's quickest guards.
-Gets skinny to fight over the top of screens. Doesn't allow himself to get hit.
-Impressive anticipation as an on ball defender. Able to read which way the ball handler is going to go.
-Lightning quick hands. 3.6 steals and 5.2 rebounds per-40 at Nike EYBL (21 games)
-Super quick first step. Able to get pieces of the paint without a ball screen. Slight changes of speed. Uses Eurosteps.
-Very good ball handler. Mixes in combo moves.
-Excellent distributor. Willing to make the simple play. Moves the ball ahead in transition. Nice touch on lobs. Can make all the necessary passes out of pick and roll. 7.2 assists per-40 at EYBL.
-Doesn't try and do too much or always go for the homerun pass.
-Willing to use either hand around the rim. Nice touch on his floater.
-Very capable pull up shooter, especially going to his left. Good footwork in mid-range spots.
-Struggles to make shots consistently, especially with his feet set. Much better in mid-range spots than from three. Career 75/266 (28%) for 3 in 76 games in DX database.
-Doesn't get great rotation. More comfortable pulling up going to his left than his right. Can improve his ability to create space.
-Fairly tall for a point guard but he's rail thin (170 pounds). Legs are twigs. No ankles. Elite defender due to his quickness but how will he handle defending stronger guards?
-Has only added four pounds to his frame in past two years according to his three separate USA Basketball measurements in that span. Will his body-type affect his durability long-term?
-Quick but isn't a freak leaper off of one foot. Doesn't get great extension around the rim (6' 6” wingspan).
-Can improve his ability to absorb contact around the rim
-Good feel but does have a tendency to pull up for quick, contested 2s. Still evolving as a facilitator in the half-court
Outlook Despite playing only one full day due to injury, Fox made a strong case for honors as the top point guard prospect at the Junior National Team Mini-Camp, regardless of class. Fox was far and away the best perimeter defender at the camp (and maybe in all of high school basketball) and he has the quickness, handle and vision to make his teammates better while scoring enough to keep the defense honest. [Read Full Article] De'Aaron Fox USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp Interview October 3, 2015 A video interview with one of the top prospects in high school basketball, De'Aaron Fox at the USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp in Colorado Springs.-USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp Preview -De'Aaron Fox Scouting Report, Measurements and More. [Read Full Article] Nike Global Challenge Scouting Reports: Point Guards July 21, 2015 De'Aaron Fox, 6-4, PG, Katy, Texas, 2016 High School Class
The lighting quick point guard played only 21 minutes in the entire tournament after injuring his wrist in USA West's first game against Dominican Republic – a less than stellar performance for Fox as he scored only seven points (3-of-11 shooting) and dished out two assists. But despite his struggles making jumpers from the perimeter and converting lightly contested shots around the rim, Fox's talent was still very evident.
The 6' 4” floor general showed all the makings of a lead guard, moving the ball ahead in transition, hitting the roll man in stride out of pick and roll, and breaking his man down with his elite quickness and advanced handle to eventually kick out to shooters or lob it up to bigs around the rim.
Fox finished with only two assists, but his vision, timing and unselfishness as a passer proved to be on another level compared to other lead guards at the tournament.
Fox also knocked down a pull up jumper in the lane and, although he struggled to convert, showed a willingness to use both hands around the rim comfortably.
Fox's most glaring weakness, however, reared its ugly head as defenders were able to go under screens or close out short due to the point guard's struggles making shots with range. He sports a fairly mechanical jumper that gets very limited rotation, and appears to be more comfortable shooting off the bounce than off the catch at this stage. For as good of a passer as he is, Fox does have a tendency to force up contested jumpers at times.
Defensively, Fox did a nice job playing at the top of USA West's zone and pressuring the ball to force turnovers, but he also does gamble a bit too often in the half court. Fox's injury and less than stellar game (from a scoring perspective) was a disappointing, but even in 31 minutes of ho-hum play, it's hard not to like Fox's size, elite speed, ball handling ability, court vision, and lateral quickness. [Read Full Article] adidas Nations Scouting Reports Part 1 August 10, 2014 Jonathan Givony
-Gets from end to end in a blink.
-Excellent in transition.
-Very good defender.
-Moves feet very well.
-Put pressure on the ball.
-Plays above the rim.
-Very thin legs.
-Average touch around the basket.
-Too many off the dribble jumpers.
-Only plays at one speed.
skinny frame, legs.
-Not a good shooter at all.
-Decent mechanics but poor touch.
-Ugly looking floaters from 15 feet. [Read Full Article]