RALEIGH, N.C. – Headed into Monday’s High School OT Holiday Invitational quarterfinal matchup pitting Robinson (Concord, N.C.) against Cypress Lakes (Katy, Texas) there was a growing buzz amongst spectators who wanted to see Bulldogs point guard Lavar Batts, a four-star junior, matchup with Spartans senior point guard De’Aaron Fox, the No. 1 active floor general in the ESPN 100 and No. 7 overall prospect.
It’s a scenario Fox, a Kentucky signee, isn’t just used to, it’s one he embraces.
“I love that stuff,” Fox said. “I know my target is bigger than ever, but I want it even bigger than it is. I always want to win the game, but I want to win the matchup too.”
By the time the Spartans finished off the Bulldogs 91-81, it was clear that Fox had accomplished both goals, posting 31 points, six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in the win.
“No, I’m not the player you make your name off of,” Fox said. “I come at whoever I play like I’m the unranked guy who wants offers. I haven’t always been where I’m at and I have a long way to go to get where I wanna be.”
Batts was plenty good too, scoring 21 points, dishing out five assists and grabbing five rebounds in the loss.
Still, it was clear that Fox wasn’t interested in relinquishing his spot, even for the night.
“Nobody wants someone to be able to have someone say they won a matchup over them,” Fox said. “But I never want someone to be able to say they won a game over me. That’s bigger for me. I’m not that kind of player that’s too cool to mix it up and go back and forth with another player. I’m a competitor, I don’t care who’s in front of me.”
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