Kentucky will host the nation’s top point guard in the class of 2021 for an official visit next weekend.
Brian Askew, Devin Askew’s father, tells KSR that the five-star guard has cancelled his upcoming visit to Villanova and will instead take an official visit to Lexington from October 4-6.
Corey Evans of Rivals.com was the first to break the news.
This news comes less than 24 hours after Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus was at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA to see Askew participate in open gym.
Askew’s father also told KSR that John Calipari was in to see the 6-foot-3 guard on September 12.
Askew took an official visit to Louisville on September 1, with the five-star guard also scheduled to take trips to Arizona for its Red-Blue Game this Friday, followed by an unofficial visit to Memphis on August 3 for the school’s midnight madness.
In a recent interview with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com, Askew said that he would be participating in the USA Basketball Training Camp in Colorado Springs from October 11-13. From there, the Mater Dei standout said he will schedule a commitment date sometime after in October.
Despite the rumblings that he will ultimately reclassify to the class of 2020, Askew also told Peek that he is currently planning on staying in 2021, the second time he has shut down reclassification rumors.
“I’m staying in the class of 2021,” he told Peek. “I think it’s best if I stay and play my senior year here at Mater Dei, play with Coach McKnight, that’ll for sure make him happy. And with just all the guys on the team, we have all these returning players and can have a really fun year next year too.”
Sources continue to tell KSR that despite Askew’s public comments, those behind the scenes very familiar with his recruitment feel the five-star guard will ultimately make the jump to 2020.
In terms of his recruitment, Kentucky is seen as a top contender, with Askew recently telling Rivals.com that he is extremely high on the program and the “brotherhood” that comes with being a Wildcat.
“I mean, [John Calipari] just knowing what their goals are,” he said of Kentucky. “A lot of people think just because you go to Kentucky, you have to be a one-and-done. That’s not true. You can stay for two years, look at PJ Washington, look at Tyler Ulis, Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans. Look at them, they’re still in a great position right now. Kentucky is a place where they are also going to develop you, you leave when you’re ready, you know what your goal is. Obviously, the goal is to win games in college, but with the personal side, you can put your name out there, get you to the next step that all players want. When you’re on that type of team, the goal is, “We’re all five in now, let’s go, let’s go chase our dreams. We’re all together.” It just feels like a brotherhood, that’s what I love about it. And Coach Cal is a great guy, he knows what he’s doing.”
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