Status: UK signee
Point guard | 6-3 | 190
School: Mater Dei
Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
One of the best point guards in high school basketball revealed in October that he will play his college ball for the Kentucky Wildcats, announcing his commitment to UK less than two weeks after his official visit to Lexington.
Askew was in the 2021 class, but he made the decision this fall to go ahead and reclassify to 2020, officially signing with Kentucky for next season. He could open up that campaign as the Wildcats’ starting point guard.
Askew’s commitment was a major addition for the Wildcats, who are getting a team-first point guard with a winning background and known for making his teammates better. The California native can also shoot from outside — he made 46 percent of his three-point attempts during the Nike regular season last spring — and doesn’t shy away from playing alongside other five-star players.
He’ll find that atmosphere at Kentucky.
“It’s a style of play that I definitely like,” Askew told the Herald-Leader after his visit. “It’s fast. They play hard. They play unselfish — with five-star players, great players all around them. That’s what I like. If you can get a group of guys that are all really good at what they do — and you get them to play together — it’s cool.”
Askew averaged 11.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game during Nike league play in 2019 and helped Team Why Not advance all the way to the finals of the Nike Peach Jam. He also made 46.2 percent of his three-point attempts during the Nike regular season.
“He is arguably the best ‘college’ point guard in high school basketball right now, in my mind, regardless of classification. … He’s a legitimate 6-foot-3 with a 6-7 wingspan at the point guard spot. He’s strong, he’s super mature. He’s all about the team. He can make shots. He can play-make. He can defend. He’s fiery. There really isn’t much that he’s missing on. He’s practically the entire package at the point guard spot.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans