De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball are two of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft, and they could both be selected in the top-5 on Thursday night.
The two players squared off twice during the college basketball season when Fox played for Kentucky and Ball played for UCLA, and the teams split the two meetings.
However, Fox outplayed Ball statistically in both games, and his father, Aaron Fox, wasn’t shy about claiming his son is a better player than Ball in a recent interview with Jonathan Abrams of Bleacher Report. The elder Fox called out LaVar Ball as well after Ball claimed his son was a better prospect than Fox.
“My son already ate his ass up twice,” Aaron Fox says of Lonzo Ball. “[LaVar] can say what he wants to say. I just tell him to go back and watch the film. That’s it. All that yap, yap, yapping, I don’t even got to respond to that. We played them twice. Twice his son got outplayed. I always tell [De’Aaron], let your game speak for it. You ain’t got to talk. You ain’t got to fuss.”
The most interesting part of Abrams’ profile is that De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball didn’t really talk any trash to each other. LaVar Ball is constantly talking trash, and Aaron Fox defended his son. But the two actual players have remained relatively quiet.
Fox and Ball are expected to be drafted anywhere from the No. 2 pick to No. 5. The Philadelphia 76ers are taking Markelle Fultz with the top pick, but the rest of the draft is up in the air.
Ball is most likely to land with the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, but there are plenty of scenarios where the Lakers pass on him. The No. 2 pick could be involved in a trade for Paul George, or the Lakers could opt to take Fox instead of the hometown product in Ball.
Either way, it’s unlikely either Fox or Ball slips past the Sacramento Kings at No. 5.
(h/t Bleacher Report)