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Texas guard Devin Askew, once a transfer from Kentucky, going back into transfer portal

Brian Davis
Austin American-Statesman
Texas guard Devin Askew calls a play against Baylor during the teams' Feb. 12 game. After one year with the Longhorns, the former Kentucky player, has put his name in the transfer portal.

Just as Texas officials were formally unveiling the Longhorns’ new arena on Tuesday, guard Devin Askew was putting his name into the transfer portal.

Askew, the 6-foot-3 sophomore, announced on Instagram that he was putting his name into the transfer portal for the second time in his two-year career. Askew transferred to UT from Kentucky after his freshman season.

Askew thanked his teammates and said, “I appreciate every one of you.”

“I’d also like to thank coach (Chris) Beard and the entire coaching staff for providing me with their support and guidance this past year,” Askew said in a statement. “You all allowed me to grow as both a basketball player and as a man.”

If Askew does leave Texas, he must sit out a full season since he has already used one free transfer pass. Askew started 20 of 25 games as a freshman at Kentucky and averaged 6.5 points during a frustrating year when the Wildcats went 9-16.

Askew reclassified his eligibility that season just to play at Kentucky. He otherwise would have been a senior in high school.

In Beard’s mind, Texas was getting a player who should have been a college freshman for the 2021-22 season. Without the white-hot spotlight of Kentucky basketball shining on him, Askew could just play a normal role. He came off the bench most of the season, averaged 2.1 points in 14.9 minutes per game.

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However, Askew looked timid at times, not taking open shots. His defense got better as the season progressed, though. That helped his overall confidence.

“What I’d like for Devin is for him to be the best version of himself, and that’s being aggressive and playing with no fear,” Beard said before the NCAA Tournament began in mid-March. “Devin’s had a great year for us, and we’ll need him to play well for us to be the best Texas team we can be.”

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