Interview: Kings’ Fox appreciating fans, enjoying success

De'Aaron Fox of the Kings is expected to play for the U.S. Select team this summer.

INDIANAPOLIS — De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings took on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, but before the game, Fox appeased plenty of fans.

Apparently, that’s the Fox way.

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 spent at least 10 minutes signing autographs, clearly making lots of kids very happy.

”It’s a great feeling,” Fox told Amico Hoops after the game when asked how it feels to have such a big impact on young kids.

The former Kentucky standout had played college ball less than 200 miles down the road from Indianapolis, in Lexington, Ky. Many of the fans greeting him were fans of the 2016 Wildcats team of which Fox was a part.

“A lot of them have Kentucky stuff,” Fox said. “It’s a lot of Kentucky fans in Indiana.”

The former college star has impressed at the NBA level, especially this season. Friday night in Cleveland, Fox scored 30 points and dished out 12 assists.

He’s averaging 17.8 points and 7.6 assists per game, and has the Kings, a team who hasn’t had a postseason berth in 12 seasons, back in the playoff picture.

“It’s great just knowing that so many kids are following you and just want you to succeed,” Fox said. “I mean, you’re just a role model for a lot of them.”