De'Aaron Fox is the first Kentucky underclassmen to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, the school announced Monday.
The 6-3 point guard displayed electric end-to-end speed in his lone college basketball season while leading Kentucky to the Elite Eight.
“I’m grateful for the unbelievable season we had,” Fox said. “Although the ending didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, this team came together as a family and we achieved things that a lot of people didn’t think we could because we were so young.
"I want to thank my teammates for being on this ride with me as well as the seniors and specifically Zay (Isaiah Briscoe) for guiding me this season. It wouldn’t have been such a smooth transition from high school to college without their leadership."
A four-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection, Fox was named the most valuable player of the SEC tournament after leading the Wildcats to their third consecutive conference title.
Fox’s 4.6 assists per game was the best mark in the SEC and 11th nationally among freshmen.
Fox also ranked fourth in the SEC with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. His 165 assists are the third most by a UK freshman in a single season.
“De’Aaron’s speed, length and ability to pick up defensively from 94 feet set him apart from his peers,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “De’Aaron came in here focused from day one, and to see his improvement from the beginning of the season to the end was special. What you saw from De’Aaron over the last month and a half of the season I think is what NBA teams will get for the future.”