From Houston to the NBA: Local athletes hoping to hear their name called during draft

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De'Aaron Fox talks to ABC13's Greg Bailey about the NBA Draft. (KTRK)

For many athletes, the NBA Draft represents the accumulation of hard work, perseverance and the exclamation point on a lifelong dream. Two local stars heard their name called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

De'Aaron Fox
With the fifth pick, the Sacramento Kings selected Houston's own De'Aaron Fox. From the courts of Cypress Lakes High School to the University of Kentucky, Fox is set to be an elite point guard at the next level.

During his freshman season with Kentucky, Fox averaged 16.7 points per game and led the team with 165 assists and 53 steals.

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In an interview with ESPN, Fox said he is the best guard in the NBA Draft.

"I feel like I can go at anybody," he said.

Justin Jackson
Tomball's Justin Jackson was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 15th pick. The Trail Blazers are expected to send Jackson to Sacramento in a trade. During the 2016-17 season at North Carolina, Jackson averaged 18.3 points per game.

Note: Statistics from were used in this report.

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