By LARRY VAUGHT
National college basketball and football writer Aaron Torres recently had a chance to spend time with incoming Kentucky freshman point guard Devin Askew of California and came away impressed.
Torres wrote the book “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats” and now covers UK basketball and football for Kentucky Sports Radio.
He said Askew as “very mature and fun to talk to” during his lengthy time with him.
“What I really liked about him is he competitive but his maturity and the other thing I found is that he has no preconceived notions about his time at Kentucky,” Torres said. “You come to Kentucky and know the clock is ticking for the NBA. But not him.”
Askew told Torres he asked Calipari what would happen if he was not a one and done player. Calipari said then he simply would come back and play point guard for UK a second season.
“He has no notions that he will dominate from day one and I think that is a good thing,” Torres said. “He will compete like heck to be the starting point guard and run that team but he has the maturity to know who he is.”
Torres thinks it will help that Askew played on an AAU team with Jalen Green and Nimari Burnett, two McDonald’s All-Americans this year after their play for Prolific Prep. Green signed a $500,000 deal with the G-League.
“He is confident playing with other good players,” Torres said. “He knows his role will be to get the ball to Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston. He understands that very well coming into Kentucky.”