By LARRY VAUGHT
Just when it seems like the Kentucky basketball recruiting news can’t get any better, it might actually get better.
Now it is 2021 California five-star point guard Devin Askew who says he’s getting close to making his college choice and 247 Sports guru Evan Daniels has indicated he is leaning toward Kentucky even though Askew has yet to make a visit to Kentucky.
However, the big competition could be Louisville. Another 247 sports recruiting analyst, Andrew Slater, has made a pick for the Cardinals. So has well known national sports columnist Adam Zagoria. Askew has already visited Louisville and has a trip planned to Memphis Oct. 3 before going to Villanova the next day.
Askew, a top 10 player in the 2021 class, has decided to make his college choice soon and that would seem to indicate he might reclassify to the 2020 class like recent UK commit Terrence Clarke did. Calipari does not have a true point guard among his four 2020 commits and Askew could be the one he wants and gets.
Kentucky has a need for a point guard but Askew still seems enamored with Louisville in spite of not knowing what sanctions — if any — the NCAA might hit the Cardinals with.
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Kentucky also still needs bigs in its 2020 recruiting class to go with the one it has — Lance Ware. However, Minnesota prep standout Dawson Garcia announced his final seven schools Tuesday and Kentucky was not one of them.
Maybe it is because Kentucky seems in better than anticipated position with five-star power forward Isaiah Jackson. On Tuesday, though, Alabama — imagine UK losing a five-star player to Bama — got a prediction for Jackson from Slater even though the player has not yet made his visit to the Crimson Tide.
Kentucky has made offers to three other bigs in the 2020 class — Greg Brown, Isaiah Todd and Cliff Omoruri.