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Devin Askew named Orange County Player of the Year

Askew is currently in line to be UK’s next starting point guard.

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Devin Askew is a Kentucky signee that is coming to college a year earlier than originally intended. Once a member of the 2021 class, Askew reclassified and comes to Lexington as the No. 25 player in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

During his final year of high school, playing as a junior, Askew finished his season averaging 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds per game. He led his Mater Dei team to a Trinity League championship.

For his efforts, Askew has been named the player of the year in Orange County, California.

While Askew can certainly get it done on the offensive end, he has made a name for himself as a quality defender. At 6-4, he is a muscular guard that is physical on both sides of the court. While he certainly has some different skills than Ashton Hagans, that is not a bad comparison, especially since Hagans also reclassified to come to Kentucky a year early.

Askew has been at his best when it counted most. In addition to having a 43 point game in this year’s playoffs, he put up 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three 3-pointers in the final game of his high school career. Those numbers led his team in every category.

Askew has big shoes to fill, potentially coming in to replace the three-headed monster of Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, and Tyrese Maxey in the point guard rotation. If all three of those guys leave as expected, Askew will be the only point guard currently on the roster.

Of course, John Calipari could add someone late in the process through transfer. But if he doesn’t, Askew may have to go from Orange County player of the year to SEC player of the year really quickly for next year’s team to find success.

Read more about Askew’s season highlights on comments here.

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