It remains to be seen which class Devin Askew will be part of, but regardless, he’ll be a game-changer for one school whenever he gets on campus.
Next week, Askew will be on UK’s campus for an official visit, his first reported trip to Lexington. News of this visit broke one day after assistant coach Joel Justus paid a visit to the five-star guard out of California. In addition, Rivals recruiting guru Corey Evans feels good about UK’s chances to win this recruitment.
In an interview with the Herald-Leader, Evans shared a very encouraging update for UK’s chances with the No. 9 overall recruit in 2021 via Rivals. Evans previously logged a FutureCast prediction in favor of the Wildcats.
“I’m not budging,” said Evans of his UK prediction. “I know I’m a little different, and everyone else thinks it’s Louisville. Not that I’m slighting Louisville’s chances whatsoever — or Memphis chances, or Arizona’s chances — but I think Kentucky is in a very, very good spot.
“They have a major hole to fill at the point guard position, and I think that’s something that interests Devin, especially being good friends with Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston. I think those two guys might have even done a better job than Cal and those guys. It’s not a done deal by any means, but I do like where Kentucky is right now with the momentum in their favor.”
As Evans alluded to, there’s been recent buzz for Louisville for Askew, including a prediction from 247 Sports recruiting analyst Andrew Slater. However, that prediction came when Askew planned to commit soon without having visited UK.
Now that UK visit is set in stone, momentum is quickly moving in favor of the Wildcats, and Evans isn’t the only expert who believes this.
Evan Daniels said that he believes “Kentucky is the firm leader” for Askew. While we’re still several weeks away from a decision, it sounds like UK is in the best shape heading into the final stretch of Askew’s recruitment.
Not only is this a big recruitment in terms of UK’s need for a point guard in either 2020 or 2021, it’s also the first real battle between Louisville and UK for an elite recruit under Chris Mack.
Already regarded as one of the best coaches in college basketball, Mack was able to assemble a top-10 recruiting class in his first full year at Louisville, as he’s showing the Mack/Louisville combo will be major challenger on the recruiting trail.
But Askew will be the first time both Mack and John Calipari have been fighting tooth and nail for a recruit. This recruitment could go a long way in determining if the Calipari/UK combo stay ahead of their in-state rivals on the recruiting trail, or if Mack is what Louisville needed to change the game and take away big recruits from the Wildcats.