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De’Aaron Fox returns from knee injury

Fox is back in action as Kentucky looks for a strong finish to the regular season.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox is back.

Fox, who missed Saturday’s win over Florida with a bruised knee, will return for tonight’s matchup with Vanderbilt. He was medically cleared to return and was even a full participant in Monday’s practice.

However, the freshman point guard will come off the bench as seniors Derek Willis, Mychal Mulder and Dominique Hawkins get the start along with Isaiah Briscoe and Bam Adebayo.

Fox would end up checking in three minutes into the game and promptly hit a corner three:

Fox leads the SEC in assists per game (5.3) and ranks third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3). He also ranks eighth in the league in scoring (15.5 points per game).

This will almost certainly be the final game in Rupp Arena for Fox, who is widely expected to declare for the NBA Draft at season’s end. He’s been consistently projected as a top-10 pick, so don’t expect him back for a sophomore season.

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