USA TODAY High School Sports is launching a series called “60 for ’16” to highlight 60 members of the Class of 2016 who we will be watching in the coming 12 months. The athletes were selected by the USA TODAY HSS staff.
Name: De’Aaron Fox
School: Cypress Lakes (Katy,Texas)
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Point Guard
What we’ve seen: De’Aaron Fox has been dominating the high school hoops scene since his freshman year when he dropped 51 points in a win over Nimitz (Houston). He barely missed that total this season when he led Cy Lakes past Spring (Spring, Texas), dropping 50 points in the win. Fox, who is ranked No. 10 overall in the ESPN 100, solidified why he is considered one of the top point guards in the country with his stellar play this summer with Houston Hoops AAU.
Why we’re watching: Fox just has “it”, and “it” has been on display all summer.
Fox has managed to do something that few players are able to accomplish – elevate his dominance.
Fox averaged 17 points and 5.6 assists during the regular season, but, last week at Peach Jam, arguably the toughest, most competitive league in the country, he upped that production to 21 points and seven assists per game. Fox turned in one of the best games of any player on any circuit in the Nike EYBL finale when he dropped 44 points, including 17 straight.
“I just wanted to come out this summer and play against the guys that are ranked above me,” Fox said. “That’s been my motivation all summer. I feel like I’m the best, and I wanted everyone else to see that too. That’s how I approach every game.”