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2017 NBA Draft: De’Aaron Fox wanted to show Lakers he’s improved as a shooter, says strong game against Lonzo Ball ‘doesn’t matter’

The former Wildcat also plans to get lunch with the team following his workout.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox showed a ton of promise during his first and only season at Kentucky. The 6’4 guard showed off killer athleticism and defensive intensity while running teams ragged in transition, in addition to demonstrating a real knack for getting to the bucket.

Those skills allowed Fox to average 16.7 points and 4.6 assists per game while becoming the fifth-highest rated player on DraftExpress’ list of the top-100 prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Fox also, however, had one glaring weakness: His 3-point shooting. Fox shot just 24.6 percent on threes during his lone season at Kentucky, and he told reporters after his private workout with the Los Angeles Lakers that he’s looking to turn that “weakness into a strength.”

Outside of his shooting, there were a few other things Fox wanted to show the Lakers as they deliberate over whether they want to select him, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson or another player with the No. 2 pick in the draft.

One of the primary arguments some have made in favor of Fox over Ball was how the former outplayed the latter when their teams matched up in the NCAA tournament. Interestingly enough, Fox also said he doesn’t think that should matter:

Fox also revealed that as far as the Lakers go, it’s more than Kobe Bryant’s shoes he was a fan of growing up:

Before he left, Fox also revealed he would grab lunch with the Lakers front office. Whether it’s the first of many or a meaningless meal will likely depend on how much the Lakers believe in the improved shooting Fox hoped to show.

Here is an updating list of every player the Lakers have worked out or met with. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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