Backcourt shines in Blue-White scrimmage

Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox scores a basket during the Blue and White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on Friday, October 21, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Blue Team defeated the White Team 110-94. Photo by Lydia Emeric | Staff 

By Chris Angolia

As many people wondered how this year’s version of UK basketball would look, the Cats were able to give fans a glimpse in the annual Blue-White scrimmage. But in the Blue team’s 110-94 victory Friday night, one thing became evident, and that was that De’Aaron Fox has the ability to become a special player.

The Houston native drew comparisons to John Wall in the preseason, but many people felt as if those comparisons were a little crazy. Setting aside the fact that it was just a scrimmage on Friday night, Fox proved the comparison may not be that crazy after all.

He dropped 31 points for the blue team to go along with 12 rebounds and six assists.But his lightning quick speed amplified things.

“When I am pushing the pace, the other team defensively, they just run to the paint. And I’m giving guys open looks,” Fox said. “If I’m using my No. 1 weapon I feel like it helps the team a lot.” 

With that speed, it became clear early in the scrimmage that Fox was going to be all over the place. Whether it was picking up Isaiah Briscoe full court on defense, grabbing a rebound and pushing the ball, or slamming home a putback dunk as Wall has done so many times before.

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To go along with Fox’s 31 points, fellow guards Briscoe and Malik Monk each put up big numbers of their own. Briscoe had 39 points and Monk dropped 26 points combining for a backcourt total of 96 points.

“We are just all going to compliment each other,” Fox said. “I don’t feel like other teams have three guards that can guard all three of us, so it is going to be tough.”

Although the trio took the headlines Friday night, senior guards Mychal Mulder and Dominique Hawkins also had good showings.

Both Mulder and Hawkins are looking to play themselves into the rotation this year. Minutes will be tough to come by, but throughout the scrimmage each guy was able to show consistency.

Mulder came out stroking it from deep with a pair of threes and got up to 8 points early and finished with 18 points going 4-5 from outside. As for Hawkins, he got off to a slower start, but came on late in the first half and continued on through the second half to finish with 22 points on 7-9 shooting including a pair of triples.

While the emergence of Mulder and Hawkins could be huge for this team’s depth, it will be hard for John Calipari to keep Fox, Monk and Briscoe from flying around, slashing to the hoop and scoring the ball at will.