De'Aaron Fox sets Kentucky record for assists by freshman in impressive debut

Kentucky fans, this team is already looking fantastic.

Granted, it's one game in and it was at home to a Stephen F. Austin team that lost its best player and has a new coaching staff. But! But it's an 87-64 victory for John Calipari's team, and the standout performance came from freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox, who set a Kentucky freshman record with 12 assists in his first game. He added 12 points and three steals, too.

He's an outstanding prospect. Fox paced UK's offense and looked ready for primetime immediately.

Isaiah Briscoe, a sophomore with promise and someone who has definitely worked a lot on his shot, led the Wildcats with 17 points. Four UK players scored in double figures. Freshman Wenyen Gabriel came off the bench to score 10. The team shot 50 percent.

Malik Monk, a dynamic scorer who might wind up leading this team in points average come February, had 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

What's next for the second-ranked Wildcats? They welcome in Canisius at home on Sunday.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his ninth season reporting on college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics... Full Bio

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