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Devin Askew picks Kentucky: Breakdown and Highlights

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Kentucky was able to beat out Louisville for the top-10 recruit.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have landed five-star Class of 2021 point guard Devin Askew, according to Evan Daniels. He picked Kentucky over Louisville, Memphis and Arizona. He becomes the first 2021 recruit to pick Kentucky.

Going into the decision, this was widely viewed as a Kentucky vs. Louisville battle. While the Cardinals held much of the momentum over the last year, Kentucky started picking up a lot of steam over the last month, so much that this was viewed as a lock for Kentucky going into the announcement.

The 6-3, 195-pound point guard is one of the most sought after players in the class of 2021, though he’s a strong candidate to reclassify into the class of 2020. Previously, the California native said he was staying put and finishing out his full high school career at Mater Dei. However, Askew’s father recently said the family will re-evaluate a reclassification decision after the upcoming high school season.

In addition, many recruiting experts continue to expert Askew to eventually be a 2020 recruit. That would also explain why Askew committed during the fall signing period, which would be very early if he planned to stay in 2021.

But either way, Askew is the kind of guard who can be a cornerstone piece in 2020 or 2021, which is why UK has been relentless in its pursuit of the top-10 recruit.

Askew took his official visit Lexington for his last trip before making a college decision. That came alongside UK pledge Lance Ware, so you can only assume that the guys were encouraging Askew to join next year in Lexington.

To take things a step further, Askew is good friends with current UK commits BJ Boston and Terrence Clarke, which made it even easier for the Wildcats to reel in the talented guard.

Assuming Tyrese Maxey and Ashton Hagans are in 2020 NBA Draft, the Cats will need another point guard next year, even if backup Immanuel Quickley returns for his junior campaign.

Currently, 247 Sports composite ranks Askew as the 10th best player in the class of 2021. He is a dynamic playmaker who excels at distributing the ball to his teammates.

Scoring 15 points a game and dishing out 5.6 assists per game, Askew helped lead Team Why Not to the Peach Jam Finals back in July. Shortly after, he was offered a scholarship by Calipari, joining Paolo Banchero and Jonathan Kuminga as some of the first players in the class of 2021 to receive an offer from UK.

247 Sports analyst Evan Daniels gave a great breakdown of Askew’s game, saying He is a primary ball handler and play maker and has improved as the lead guard, but there’s also a lot of value in him as a scorer. He’s a tremendous shooter, that’s an area that he really excels in.”

Perhaps Askew’s greatest attribute is how vocal of a leader he is on the floor, similar to what Tyler Ulis became in Lexington. Over the summer, Askew took part in a USA Basketball camp, where he was labeled as the top “competitor” by Rivals analyst Corey Evans.

“You’re not going to see more fire from a prospect than what you get with Devin Askew. Quickly becoming one of the most targeted prospects nationally, Askew is not just a complete playmaker but also one of the most competitive and tough guards that you’ll come across. He is vocal, engaged and involved on each and every possession and it clearly shows on the scoreboard. His team came out with the championship on Sunday in the bracket-style format which has become the norm with whatever team Askew is placed upon.”

Askew isn’t projected as a one-and-done player, so he could be someone who comes off the bench and/or plays off the ball as a freshman, then takes over the starting point guard role in 2021-22. But if Quickley ends up going pro after this season, then Askew could be the lead guard as early as next year.

Kentucky is still in heavy pursuit of 2020 combo guard Cade Cunningham, who may also be running the show next year if he picks the Wildcats. But both Cunningham and Askew are versatile enough to play off the ball and be very effective.

Regardless of how the backcourt shapes out, Askew is a tremendous addition, and he’ll make a major impact every year he’s in Lexington.

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