At first, this looked like good news for Kentucky, as recruiting experts Evan Daniels, Corey Evans and Dan McDonald all felt the Wildcats were the leader prior to this announcement.
However, Askew has yet to visit Lexington, and shortly after his announcement, Andrew Slater and Adam Zagoria made predictions in favor of Louisville for Rivals’ No. 9 overall player in 2021.
Seeing as how Askew has visited Louisville multiple times and just hosted Cardinals head coach Chris Mack for a visit on Monday, they likely would have been the pick had a decision been made in the coming weeks.
Good news for Kentucky: Daniels reports that Askew is still planning to take more college visits before making his decision.
Five-star guard Devin Askew plans to take multiple visits before making his college choice, his father told @247sports. Askew had said earlier today on Instagram that a decision was coming soon.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) September 17, 2019
Askew was previously targeting a visit to Kentucky in October or November. If that visit does end up taking place, then the Wildcats could jump back into the lead for the talented point guard, who may ultimately reclassify into 2020.
Still, this is expected to come down to Kentucky vs. Louisville, and it should be a tight battle ‘til the very end. Both teams badly need a point guard for their 2020 classes, and there aren't many other options out there for whoever the loser of this battle is.
Another potential factor in this recruitment is the NCAA investigating Louisville for the alleged pay-for-play scheme involving Brian Bowen. The Cardinals were already on probation from the Katina Powell/Andre McGee stripper and prostitution scandal, so another hit from the NCAA could be more postseason bans.
The longer Askew waits, the more time he’ll have to get a better idea of what punishments could be coming for the Cardinals, which could prove costly in their 2020 and possibly 2021 recruiting efforts.
You’d really hate to see that.