February 28, 1966 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Frayser (Memphis, Tennessee)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||30, 4, 7, 17, 2|
|1990–1992||Golden State Warriors|
|1992||Sidis Reggio Emilia|
|1996||New Jersey Nets|
|1997–1998||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1998–1999||Cocodrilos de Caracas|
|Career highlights and awards|
Vincent Jerome Askew (born February 28, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (39th overall) of the 1987 NBA draft. A 6'6" guard-forward from Memphis State University, Askew played in nine NBA seasons for eight different teams. He is a cousin of rapper Teflon Don. He was raised by his grandmother who had 13 kids and custody of Askew and three cousins.
Askew was a Frayser High School graduate before enrolling at Memphis State University. He was a key player on the Tigers' 1984–85 squad that reached the Final Four. Askew was one of the more complete players on the team, capable of banging down low one possession and running the point the next. Vincent Askew was named to the Metro All-Freshman Team.
After the Final Four season, Askew found himself in the midst of a debate on NCAA regulations when he briefly considered transferring to Kansas.
In October 1986, Vincent Askew was involved in a possible transfer to the University of Kansas. He did not transfer, and re-enrolled at Memphis State University in the fall of 1986. While Askew was visiting the Jayhawks, then-coach Larry Brown provided Askew with a plane ticket to fly back to Memphis to see his dying grandmother. The purchase of the plane ticket violated NCAA rules and Kansas was served with NCAA sanctions because of their recruitment of Askew, mainly involving "improper recruiting inducements totaling at least $1,244 to the above-mentioned young man."
NBA scouts[who?] saw in Askew the kind of versatile, durable talent that would keep him in the NBA for years. Askew left after three seasons with the Tigers, a decision many scouts met with raised eyebrows.
Askew was picked by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (39th overall) of the 1987 NBA draft. He was waived after 14 games, then spent three weeks with the Washington Bullets, and then drifted into the Continental Basketball Association.
He was brought back to the NBA by the Golden State Warriors to finish the 1992 season, then he went to the Sacramento Kings for part of a season, then drifted to the Seattle SuperSonics. For four years in Seattle, he contributed about six points, four rebounds, and two assists per game. Then, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, played one game there, then was traded to the Indiana Pacers. Larry Brown, then of the Pacers, described his trade for Askew as "I don't know of too many guys in the league who are better defenders than him, and not everybody is as unselfish. He doesn't worry about minutes, doesn't worry about shots, he just worries about winning."
Askew was described as a 6-foot-6 do-everything team player who played in the post and the perimeter and was a steady defensive stopper who built a reliable jumper late in his career. The most he has ever scored in an NBA game is 21 points. In his NBA career, Askew played in 467 games and scored a total of 3,313 points. He averaged 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists in 20 minutes per game.
Professional career outside the NBA
After the NBA, Askew had some difficulties establishing himself. European basketball records indicate that at least three times he signed with various teams but refused to play with them, ending in August 2001 when he signed a contract with Roseto but did not come to Italy. Askew, according to an undated Euroleague scouting report, "is an NBA veteran that has finally, according to many, reached maturity. Vincent still has a lot of basketball left in him and wants to show the basketball people in Europe that he is indeed a reliable person."
Upon his release from Portland in 1998, Askew returned to his hometown of Memphis, completed a degree in marketing and did some scouting for Memphis coach John Calipari, which piqued his interest in coaching.
He confided in George Karl, his long-time mentor from his Sonics days, and was told to go overseas. Askew went to Europe where he coached in an Italian league for three years.
Askew took the head coaching job at Elliston Baptist Academy in Memphis but was embattled to leave the job. Allegations that he had used ineligible players had landed the school in hot water with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, potentially costing them a chance to play in the postseason, and Askew's players were not pleased with his abrasive coaching methods.
In 2004, Askew accepted the head coaching position at Rossville Christian Academy. Askew again stirred some controversy by recruiting players, which is a clear Mississippi Private School Association (MPSA) violation, but Askew did lead the RCA Rebels to the Class A State Championship.
In 2005, he contacted the ABA expansion team Tacoma Navigators' owner Michael Tuckman. Askew got a chance to hone his raw coaching skills, while the Navigators, which plays its home games at Mount Tahoma High School, marketed its coach as a former Sonic.
- KUsports.com – NCAA Penalty Hits KU Hard
- Paul Gerald, Plugging Along
- The Seattle Times: Sonics: The long road home for Askew
- Percy Allen, The Seattle Times: Sonics: The long road home for Askew, December 11, 2005
- Down From The Mountaintop