Davion Mintz and Devin Askew are going to be the ones man-ing the ship on the court, despite the (likely) three-headed monster of BJ Boston, Terrence Clarke, and Olivier Sarr. Without a true point guard, no team can flourish, and no superstar can be great.
That’s what UK great Roger Harden said of his time at Kentucky, and knows that’s what Mintz and Askew must do for UK to reach its full potential.
“The teams that win have a point guard getting the most out of everybody. They are sacrificing field goal attempts for that to make the team better,” Harden said in an interview with Larry Vaught.
“A point guard has to give you stability, low turnovers, high assists and if he’s open be able to make a shot. But the best ones get the ball to the right people to get you the best chance to win.”
Harden is right. If you look at the best teams of Calipari’s tenure, they have all had great point guards and the helm to keep the flow of the offense going, and to find their superstar, or in some cases, be the superstar.
John Wall, Brandon Knight, Marquis Teague, Andrew Harrison, Tyler Ulis, De’Aaron Fox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are just some of the many point guards that captain’d their team throughout the season and into the long post-season runs.
If Kentucky hopes for a trip back to their first Final Four since 2015, Mintz and Askew have to play quarterback and do it well.