Every program in the nation wants a chance to land junior guard Devin Askew, but he’s narrowed his options to just a handful of teams The five-star prospect has recently visited Memphis, Arizona and Kentucky, while he’s visited Louisville several times over the last year.
Kentucky is certainly the most famed of those three programs.
However, the Penny Hardaway-led Memphis Tigers have the nation’s best recruiting class this year and could be culminating a hotspot for recruits. Arizona, on the other hand, is a reasonable drive away from Askew’s home in Santa Ana, California.
And for Louisville, head coach Chris Mack has built a strong relationship with Askew, enough that the Cardinals have been viewed as the favorites for much of this recruitment.
But in recent weeks, UK has picked up a lot of buzz, and it’s only grown louder since his official visit to UK. He apparently loved his time in Lexington.
“That was wild. I liked it a lot out there,” Askew told Corey Evans of Rivals.
Askew is the Class of 2021’s top point guard and a top-10 recruit. He didn’t hold back talking about how Calipari and the Kentucky staff felt about his abilities.
“Cal (John Calipari), and really, the whole coaching staff has really liked and loved me as a player and it is more than a want, but rather, it is a need for a point guard and I like it over there.”
In a separate interview, Askew and his father spoke with Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader about his recruitment. Both Askew and his father actually spoke about potentially playing with Cade Cunningham, the No. 2 overall recruit in 2020 who could end up picking UK.
UK has made it clear to Askew that they would love to have his commitment for 2020 or 2021, and — as word continued to spread at USA minicamp that Cunningham is likely to pick either Kentucky or Oklahoma State — Askew and his father both said the two playmakers could fit well on the same team, pointing to Calipari’s past success at the position.
“He plays point guards together,” Askew said. “It’s a great point guard history, and I like it.”
Even if Cunningham ends up elsewhere, Askew would be a terrific addition for BBN and could be the starting point guard whenever he arrives in Lexington.
If he’s interested and capable of reclassifying, Askew could make Kentucky’s already top class the best in the nation. As it currently stands, Askew doesn’t seem overly interested in reclassifying, but the rumors have persisted.
He did mention the need for a point guard. With Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey likely to exit for the NBA Draft following this season, Askew could slide in and develop the nation’s best backcourt with Terrence Clarke, but he’ll have to reclassify first.
Askew’s father told the Herald-Leader on Friday that the family will reassess the possibility of reclassification after the upcoming high school season, so we won’t know what class Askew will be in until next spring at the earliest.
As it stands, 247’s Crystal Ball Predictions gives Kentucky an 86% chance of getting a commitment from Askew.