Kentucky star guard Devin Askew enters transfer portal

Feb 27, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Devin Askew (2) dribbles the ball during the second half of the game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky point guard Devin Askew entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 freshman started 20 of his 25 games for the Wildcats in 2020-21, averaging 6.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I had to play basketball at the University of Kentucky,” Askew said in a statement released by Kentucky. “I am also thankful for the coaching staff as they provided an experience that contributed to my development in this game I love. My teammates will be my friends forever and I appreciate how they pushed me day in and day out to get better.

“With that being said, it will be part of my growth in this game to explore a new opportunity and enter the transfer portal.”

The Sacramento native was ranked as a five-star prospect by ESPN and was the consensus No. 1 point guard in the 2021 class before reclassifying.

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“This is the part of the business I hate,” Wildcats coach John Calipari said in the release. “I wish I could coach every kid for four years, but I have to respect Devin’s decision and I do. I will always be here to help him. My hope — and I told him this — is that he takes the fight he learned here with him wherever he goes. He was a great teammate and improved in so many ways as the season wore on. I will be rooting for Devin as he takes this next step.”

Askew is the second player to enter the portal since Kentucky finished a disappointing 9-16 (8-9 SEC), missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012-13. Freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher announced his intentions to transfer last month.

–Field Level Media