Updated: Apr 10
Let the offseason scrambling begin: Devin Askew becomes the first piece of roster news post-March to announce what the next year will hold for him. While Kentucky is use to a roster turnover, and will likely have another big one again this year, Devin Askew's future was pretty certain on a return to Lexington.
New broke this morning after KSR's Jack Pligrim posted that Askew's father has told the outlet, “Yes sir, (Devin) is locked in for next season." Less than 24 hours after losing to Mississippi State in the second round of the SEC Tournament, 74-73, his father said “Dev is doing well," but "Sucks that they lost but can’t dwell on it too long." With the focus completely looking ahead now that Kentucky is having an oddly weird year where Kentucky isn't in postseason play, that the now sophomore year guard plans to "get back to work and get ready for next year.”
I wouldn't say Devin Askew's freshman season 'didn't go as planned' by any means, more of so that he was pictured as a multi-year from the jump. After 25 rough, covid-restricted and losing streak(s) of games, the Santa Ana guard averaged 6.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. His 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocks a game, were matched with 2 turnovers a game as well.
Devin Askew has a lot of potential with another season in Lexington, and definitely seen some progress as he took a step back towards the end of the season by taking the backup role to Davion Mintz, but now that he's gotten one season under his belt, I look for a future season full of confidence and growth for the 18 year old.