Two things are evident about De’Aaron Fox. He loves basketball and mentoring young talent. The Sacramento Kings point guard paid a visit to his hometown near Houston on Thursday, July 18. The De’Aaron Fox Basketball Procamp was held at Cypress Lakes High School, his alma mater from just a few short years ago.
He entered the gymnasium wearing above the knee shorts, reminiscent of the old NBA days. We couldn’t help but notice (compliment) his shoes, a bright orange color. “Thanks, I just got these,” he replied. And in between dribbling the ball to making sure he greeted most everyone, Fox showed he was there more so for the kids and not for self showmanship. In fact, he had brought along Charlotte Hornets, Malik Monk to assist. The two played college ball together at the University of Kentucky.
Education is important!
Hurrying to drink a small cup of water before being introduced, Fox addressed the crowd of camp participants whose ages ranged from 6 to 16 years-old. With the microphone in hand, he stressed how important it is to receive a good education. That no matter how talented you are, without it, you lessen your chances of joining the league; sharing that many talented athletes didn’t make it for this very reason. Education is important! He repeated more than once, making sure the bright eyes looking back at him, heard his message.
With opportunities to award college scholarships to playing one on one with a few lucky attendees to providing pointers to the group of boys, Fox is a young athlete who gets the importance of giving back. When asked who are his role models, “My parents,” he replied before making his way down the familiar gym hallway where it all began.
By La Trisha and La Tasha “Twins of Media”
Feature photo and video highlights: Bread & Water Productions