With the college basketball early signing period almost here, many of the nation's top high school prospects will be coming off the board over the next two weeks.
Among them will be 2016 five-star point guard De'Aaron Fox. who will be announcing his decision live on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation show on Thursday, ESPN announced on Monday. You can watch it live on the Watch ESPN app if you can't watch it on TV.
Fox and 2016 five-star power forward T.J. Leaf will be making their college announcements on the show, though Leaf is not considering Kentucky.
ESPNU will televise the college announcements of two ESPN 100 top 15 college basketball recruits — No. 7 De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes High School, Texas) and No. 13 T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian High School, Calif.) — during a one-hour ESPN Recruiting Nation: Basketball Signing Day Special on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. ET. Fox, a 6’3’’ point guard, is expected to choose among Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, and LSU. Leaf, a 6’9’’ power forward, is expected to choose among Oregon, San Diego State and UCLA.
Matt Schick will host and be joined by ESPN national recruiting director Paul Biancardi, who offered this on Fox:
"With the ball in his hand, Fox has blazing speed with the ability to put pressure on opponents. Over the summer, Fox found the balance between scoring and distributing, elevating his performance to an elite level. More impressively, he then separated himself with his defensive prowess. Because of his outstanding play on both sides of the ball, he ascended into the ESPN 100 top 10 as the no.7 overall player and the nation’s second-ranked guard."
November 11 is the first day that senior high school prospects can sign a national letter of intent, and November 18th is the final day to do so in the early signing period. That's why we'll be hearing a decision this week from Fox, who doesn't have any more visits planned, and all indications are that UK will be the pick.
Fox was among several highly-touted prospects who attended Big Blue Madness this past month. UK was his leader going into it, and they came out of it the prohibitive favorite to land the 6-3, 185-pound guard out of Cypress Lakes (TX).