Eleanor Roosevelt guard Andre Fox, who went from the Raiders’ bench last season to a full-blown star this year, announced his decision to take a post-graduate year at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore next year. He’ll also move AAU programs from Team Chaos in D.C. to Baltimore’s Finest.
“I knew I couldn’t qualify this year because of the SAT, and my GPA was a little too low,” Fox said. “That year there, they’ll help me get my GPA up and with my SAT score, and another year there and on the AAU circuit will give me another year to show myself playing another year of basketball.”
Fox didn’t play significant minutes in the first three years of his career, buried on Roosevelt’s state champion squad behind a stockpile of top players. But when the core of Roosevelt’s scorers departed prior to this season, Fox stepped up, helping the Raiders overcome the loss of their six leading scorers on their way to a 16-7 record and 14-3 record in Prince George’s 4A before a surprising first-round playoff exit. He led Prince George’s County 4A in scoring, and led all public school players in the D.C. area by knocking down 77 three-pointers in 23 games, while shooting 47 percent from deep.
“My junior year, I really didn’t get to play that much, so this year, I was really excited to show what I could do on the court,” Fox said. “I’m really excited to have another year to do that.”
Tall, quick, and lanky, Fox said he wants to use this year to not only improve his academics, but also to add muscle. He says that while he’s gotten strong interest from schools like Rider, Temple and James Madison, he’s hoping he can add more choices to the mix with an extra season under his belt.
Mt. Zion is coached by Rodrick Harrison, who coached Dunbar High School in Baltimore to three state titles between 2009-2012. Harrison, a UMBC graduate, also won three state titles as a player at Dunbar, and now leads Mt. Zion against a strong schedule of Mid-Atlantic prep teams. His roster this season included former Potomac (Md.) forward Romone Saunders, former Arundel star Markus Oliphant, and former Theodore Roosevelt guard Everette Quick, among other local products.
Fox will likely be joined at Mt. Zion by a few other standouts from the D.C. area, though he said he hasn’t heard of anyone else finalizing that decision yet.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 1
The number of times this season Andre Fox was held under 15 points in 23 games this year.
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