Former Kentucky Wildcats transfer Devin Askew’s first action as a member of Chris Beard’s program won’t be in burnt orange, as the Texas Longhorns sophomore is one of 27 athletes who have been invited to the 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp, the school announced on Thursday.
A former top-35 national prospect, Askew transferred from Kentucky in early April after just one season in Lexington, during which he averaged 6.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 25 games, including 20 starts. Askew became a coveted target after announcing his transfer given the upside he boasted coming out of high school only a year ago, and he immediately emerged as a priority for Beard and his staff, who landed Askew just days later on April 13.
“I chose Texas because Coach Beard and his coaching staff are completely invested into their players and player development,” Askew told 247Sports. ”They have also watched film on my game and see that my playing style and abilities will thrive in their program.”
Here’s the evaluation of Askew from 247Sports Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer:
Good physique for a point guard. More of a smooth athlete than an explosive athlete. Great body control and change of pace with enough of a burst. Dangerous three-point shooter with ability to score at all three levels. Has the ball on a string as a handler. Loves hesitation move going right and has a sharp pull up jumper going left. Accurate passer who can deliver on the move and while under duress. Adequate on the ball defender who comes up with steals off the ball. Quality rebounder. High basketball IQ and skill level.
Askew will now put that skill set to use in against 26 other athletes, ages 19 years and younger, from June 20-22 on TCU’s campus. The reward is a potential place on the 12-member roster that will represent the USA at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup.
Askew previously represented USA as part of the 2019 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team that tallied a perfect 7-0 record and won a gold medal.