De’Aaron Fox Gets 2nd Triple-Double In Kentucky History…Wait, Maybe He Didn’t?
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On Monday against Arizona State, freshman De’Aaron Fox recorded the second triple-double in Kentucky history with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The first was done by Chris Mills (19 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists – anybody else remember his rap on “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret” album?) way back in December of 1988. It’s also just the fifth triple-double in SEC history – Mills, Shaq, Nick Calathes and Courtney Fortson have the other four.
That’s quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately, there’s a possibility it might be taken away. If you watch the following video by NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster, you will see one of his assists should have gone to Wenyen Gabriel instead.
“We are aware of the statistic in question and informed the official scorers,” UK spokesman Eric Lindsey said Tuesday afternoon. “We defer all decisions to the official scorer. Because of travel, they are currently working through the process now of evaluating the play in question.”
You are probably thinking this isn’t a big deal and they should just let the achievement stand because it’s so rare. But, the NBA once took a quadruple-double away from Hakeem Olajuwon because of an error (the Rockets’ stat guy intentionally bloated the stats). Hakeem responded by recording another quadruple double a few weeks later and putting up ridiculous stats on a nightly basis. If Fox loses this triple-double, I expect him to respond the exact same way Hakeem did.
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR
You would think with all the talent that Kentucky has had between Mills and Fox, somebody would have pulled off a triple-double. Here’s a couple of guys who came really close during Calipari’s time.
- (2010) John Wall needed two assists
- (2011) Anthony Davis needed two blocks
- (2013) Nerlens Noel needed three blocks
- (2013) Willie Cauley-Stein needed one block and two rebounds
- (2016) Tyler Ulis needed two assists
BONUS VIDEO: FOX IN HIGH SCHOOL
SOURCE: SEC Country