De’Aaron Fox goes through Sport Science treatment

Speed is De’Aaron Fox’s top weapon on the basketball court.

The 6-foot-3 guard can get from one end of the court to the other in the blink of an eye, can penetrate and get in the lane at will and has the handles to make defenders look silly. Kentucky fans saw this time and time again during the 2016-17 season.

Now we have the analytics to prove it, thanks to two Sport Science tests.

The Houston native dribbled from the top of the 3-point arc to the basket in 1.28 seconds. By comparison, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, one of the top guards in the NBA, did the same test in 1.50 seconds.

Fox put his “quick twitch” on display in a drill against WBC heavyweight Gerald Washington. Thankfully for Fox, this wasn’t a boxing match but a reaction time drill. Washington’s hand acceleration was faster, but Fox’s reaction time of 0.23 seconds was so fast that it allowed him to make contact approximately 45 milliseconds faster than Washington and win six of the nine rounds they competed in.

Check it out for yourself below.

Coach Cal recently talked about what Fox will bring to an NBA team and the answer is simple. Whichever team ultimately takes Fox will have a player who other teams immediately now have to game plan for in their scouting reports.

“What you have is a long guard that can pick up 94 feet, that will be as fast as anybody in the league,” Calipari said. “… So, when you have that it becomes – and he’s really good in pick-and-roll – he’s on a scouting report. How do we play this? How are we going to guard this? What are we doing in transition? When he gets the ball in his hands you have to get back in the lane because he’s coming.”

Many mock drafts have Fox going either No. 4 (Phoenix Suns) or No. 5 (Sacramento Kings) overall.