By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky got the point guard John Calipari had targeted when five-star Devin Askew of California verbally committed to UK last week.
Mater Dei High School coach Gary McKnight has won over 1,100 games, including a national title and 11 state titles. He sent LeRon Ellis to play for coach Eddie Sutton about 30 years ago.
McKnight says Askew is special on and off the court.
“He is the one who makes us go. He gets us down the court. He’s a leader and he’s not afraid to tell other kids they are not working hard enough,” McKnight said. “He will get up in the morning and run on the beach and then work out and shoot at night.”
Askew averaged 11.6 points and 5.1 assists per game in Nike EYBL play and shot almost 42 percent from 3-point range in 20 games.
“His mother is a doctor. He comes from a really good family and is very mature, very sharp,” McKnight said. “He is a lot of fun to be around. He is a good student, too. He will look you in the eye and said, ‘Yes sir. No sir.’”
McKnight said basketball is “definitely his thing” but that he is also involved in a lot of other activities at school.
“He is really good with the other players and getting them involved,” McKnight said. “I have seen him sitting at the lunch table telling them to run this set or that set and how to do that. He just does a lot of things to keep everybody involved and that’s part of what makes him such a good leader as well as a good player.”
Askew said he felt Kentucky not only gives him a great chance to improve as a player but also win a national championship. He averaged 14 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last year for Mater Dei when it went 29-5.