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Devin Askew Picks Kentucky over Louisville

October 17, 2019
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Devin Askew, a 6 foot 4 point guard from Mater Dei, CA, chose Kentucky today after visiting on October 4th alongside 2020 PF commitment Lance Ware. Long thought to be a UofL lean, Askew's Kentucky recruitment picked up steam in September following two in-home visits from Kentucky's coaches. Askew is the first time Kentucky and Louisville have truly gone head to head on the recruit since Chris Mack arrived.

He is currently in the class of 2021, but Askew will make his final reclassification decision towards the end of this season. Delaying his reclassification will allow him to compete in the all-star circuit as well as potentially the summer AAU circuit. It will also let him see if Cade Cunningham becomes a Wildcat, who will run the point wherever he goes. Askew's commitment and potential reclassification shouldn't negatively impact Cunningham's decision, as Askew can easily play off the ball due to his size and shooting ability; however, Cunningham committing might affect Askew's reclassification decision. Ultimately, Askew will likely join the 2020 superclass that John Calipari is putting together and be a secondary ball-handler and playmaker alongside Cunningham (assuming he commits, obviously).

Askew is 6 foot 4 and long and excels on the offensive end. He shot 41% from three on the EYBL circuit this year on 99 attempts. Averaging just over 5 assists per game, Askew has a knack for penetrating and playmaking for his teammates. While he might end up playing more off-ball for Kentucky, Askew is a prototypical playmaker at the lead guard position who is also always a threat to knock down a shot. 

Askew has excellent size and length, but his athleticism isn't elite. He penetrates the lane using his elite ball-handling and offensive IQ but rarely blows by his defender due to pure athleticism. Continuing to improve his explosiveness and strength will allow him to finish more around the rim and become a better defender. On the EYBL circuit, he averaged 1.9 steals per game and has a high motor, but his defense will be an area of focus at the next level. 

It's tough to nail down a single comparison for Askew in the Calipari era at Kentucky. He has a lot of Andrew Harrison in his game, especially in terms of his size and playmaking ability. However, Harrison was much stronger than Askew and a better defender, while Askew is a much better shooter. Kentucky fans shouldn't let this scare them, but I see a lot of Quade Green in Askew as well. Both play hard but aren't the most gifted athletes. Both are capable shooters from the outside and can handle the ball, but athleticism limits their overall potential. The two key differences that push Askew above Quade in my mind are the offensive IQ and the size. Askew is much taller and longer than Quade and seems to have a higher IQ on the offensive side of the ball. Either way, I see Askew as a multi-year guy at Kentucky who will be a great contributor for John Calipari no matter which class he joins.

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