On Tuesday, 2021 five-star point guard Devin Askew announced on his Instagram page that he would be making his college commitment “soon.”
Today, we now know that a decision is expected for the 6-foot-3 guard out of Santa Ana, CA in October after participating in the USA Basketball Junior Minicamp (Oct. 11-13).
In an interview with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com, Askew said that while the specific date isn’t set in stone, he’s certain it’ll happen in October.
“We don’t have an exact date, but it’s going to be sometime after USA Basketball in October, the school is getting me an exact date,” he said. “It’s actually going to be hosted here at Mater Dei in the gym during office hour. So yeah, everyone come out if you want to see where I go to college. It’s going to be fun, a lot of people are going to be there. I can’t wait, I’m excited.”
With a decision scheduled for next month, along with reclassification rumors circulating over the last several months, most recruiting analysts believed he would use this upcoming announcement stage to officially make the jump to 2020.
And though fellow top recruits such as Josh Christopher and Isaiah Todd are pushing him to reclassify, Askew says he’s pretty certain he will be sticking with the class of 2021.
“It’s always just joking around like, “Oh, Dev, you should come to college early,” but nah, I’m staying in the class of 2021,” he said. “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.”
In terms of the schools on his final list, Askew is expected to decide between Kentucky, Louisville, Villanova, Arizona, and Memphis next month, though UK and UofL are seen as the top contenders for his services.
During the interview, Askew broke down his interest in both Kentucky and Louisville, where he had high praise for the development and professionalism in Lexington and the family atmosphere in Louisville.
“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 onthat 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.”
“That was super fun,” Askew said of his official visit to Louisville at the beginning of September. “Great teammates, great coach, great organization. The facilities are also great, great support throughout Louisville. They love basketball out there, basketball school for sure. Man, just the support for open gym was like 1,000 people, I can’t even imagine what a game night is like. But yeah, it was fun out there, I had a blast.”
Check out Peek’s entire interview with Askew below:
And while you’re at it, check out some of Askew’s most recent highlights here: