Five-star 2021 guard Devin Askew committed to Kentucky on Thursday night, the latest recruiting trail coup for coach John Calipari.
The 6’2” Askew is rumored to be considering reclassifying to the 2020 class, but for now remains in the 2021 class.
A combo guard, Askew hails from Mater Dei (Calif.) High School. He chose the Wildcats over Louisville, Memphis and Arizona after recently visiting all four schools.
Askew is the No. 10 overall player and second-highest ranked guard in the 2021 class, behind only Jaden Hardy.
What’s Kentucky getting in the five-star? SI.com NBA draft expert Jeremy Woo assesses Askew’s game:
"Askew is one of high school basketball’s pre-eminent playmaking guards, possessing an unusual sense of poise and capacity to run a team and make decisions. He’s an exceptional passer, but can also score the ball as needed, and will make whichever small army of blue-chip recruits flanking him at Kentucky better by osmosis. A tenacious defender and strong on-court leader, Askew will be ready to run a college team from day one, noting the strong possibility he reclassifies and accelerates the process. Consider him squarely in the one-and-done conversation for whichever draft he’s in, but also among the highest-impact recruits in the country."
If Askew were to reclassify to 2020, he would join four other commits in Kentucky’s class and would become their third five-star. The ‘Cats already have pledges from five-star Terrence Clarke (No. 4), five-star BJ Boston (No. 13), four-star Lance Ware (No. 33) and four-star Cam’Ron Fletcher (No. 44). Askew is their lone 2021 commit at the moment.
Kentucky opens its 2019–20 season on Nov. 5 vs. Michigan State at the Champions Classic in New York City.