As UK searches for a point guard in the 2020 class, two of their top targets will be coming off the board in the coming months.
Cade Cunningham, arguably the best player in 2020, is planning to make his commitment and sign during the fall signing period. That decision will come after a flurry of official visits, one of which will be to UK.
Devin Askew, who is still a 2021 recruit pending a reclassification, is planning to make his decision sometime in October. His decision will also come after taking several official visits, including a trip to Lexington next weekend.
UK is hoping to land both of them, but just getting one has proven to be quite the challenge. The favorite for Cunningham is Oklahoma State, where his brother was hired as an assistant coach over the summer.
As for Askew, Louisville was viewed as the leader in his recruitment, as they’ve been hot on his trail since 2018. He was one of the first recruits Chris Mack prioritized when he was hired last year, and for a while, many experts expected that hard work to ultimately pay off with a pledge from the top-10 recruit.
However, recent buzz has been in favor of the Wildcats for Askew, while Cunningham’s recruitment has gotten a lot murkier with UK and North Carolina making a strong push.
While we won’t know where both recruits are going for a while, Evan Daniels believes UK will get one of them.
In his weekly mailbag, Daniels said he thinks UK will ultimately land one of Askew or Cunningham.
Going further, Daniels said “I wouldn’t sleep on the Wildcats” and that UK is “more in the hunt for Cade Cunningham than people realize.” Daniels recently changed his crystal ball prediction from Oklahoma State to ‘foggy.’ North Carolina has gotten some recent buzz, but it sounds like UK may have a real shot for the No. 2 overall recruit in 2020.
In a separate piece, Daniels told CatsPause that he still believes UK is the leader for Askew.
“I think Kentucky is the leader,” Daniels said. “Louisville has done a good job recruiting him, Arizona and Memphis will get him on campus and I think we’ll have a decision in the next six weeks or so, but I think Kentucky is in great position.”
Daniels added that Askew should have the necessary work completed to eventually reclassify. But even if he doesn’t, getting Askew in 2021 would still be a major get for UK.
In fact, getting Askew in 2021 might ultimately be a better thing since it would likely assure him of being UK’s starting point guard, assuming Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley are in the NBA by then.
Askew would also become a UK recruiter for 2021, where the Wildcats don’t have a commitment but are in the mix for guys like Paolo Banchero, Patrick Baldwin, AJ Griffin and Jaden Hardy.
The bulk of UK’s 2020 class is already done with Terrence Clarke, Brandon Boston, Cam’Ron Fletcher and Lance Ware committed.
Either way, Askew is a special player that UK would be lucky to get in any class.