California lands former Kentucky, Texas guard Devin Askew
After earning rave reviews from the Texas coaching staff during his first season in Austin, point guard Devin Askew elected to enter the transfer portal and seek his third school in three years.
On Friday, he announced he’ll be headed west. Askew posted on Instagram that he intends to transfer to California. Originally a 4-star recruit for Kentucky from the 2021 cycle, Askew spent his first year in Lexington before transferring to Texas ahead of the 2021-22 season. As he has already used a transfer, he’ll have to petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility.
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Askew started 20 games in 25 appearances as a true freshman for Kentucky during the 2020-21 season. He averaged 6.5 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.6 boards that season in 29 minutes a night. He struggled mightily with his shooting efficiency, going 35% from the field and 28% on 3s.
After the season, he went to Texas. The role he hoped to play never materialized, though, and he found himself buried on the depth chart behind a veteran-laden guard rotation for a 22-win Longhorns team.
Askew averaged just 2.1 points and 1.3 assists in 14.9 minutes over 34 appearances. The 6-foot-3 guard scored a season-high nine points against Gonzaga in November and failed to reach that mark again the rest of the season. His shooting did improve, jumping to 40% from the field and 32% from 3.
This is a coming home of sorts for Askew after playing his high school ball for Mater Dei in Santa Ana. It’s also a situation that should afford him a chance to earn a primary role within the offense. Cal needs to replace starting point guard and leading scorer Jordan Shepherd, who is out of eligibility.