Kerry Blackshear has been circulating the news for about the last 2-3 weeks with his looming decision to transfer. Well, Evan Daniels has said that Kerry is down to Kentucky and Tennessee with a decision coming in “four to five day.” Daniels offered up another interesting tidbit…”I think Kentucky is in a great spot with him.” Like I said a few days back, it is Kentucky and Tennessee. After averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his junior season at Virginia Tech and would provide instant help to whatever team he joins. Whatever team he chooses, we have to remember that this is his life and he’s making the best choice for himself, so let’s all relax and look at the facts.
As for Tennessee, Rick Barnes has proved himself in his short time there. At Tennessee he would be “the guy” because they lost essentially everyone. He’d be a great fit with national exposure, but at the same time they stand no chance at winning anything. And even Barnes does not want to be there as he tried to flee for UCLA but they wouldn’t cover his buyout. Tennessee had players drafted the other night and that could help them out. But my choice stays the same.
I have said Kentucky since day 1 and I still believe that. Kentucky has the ability to get players to the NBA, put players in the national spotlight, and has the best chance to win a title. In the John Calipari Era, 38 players have been drafted with 29 going in the first round. With Keldon going to the Spurs, all 30 franchises in the NBA have had a Calipari Era player on their roster at some point during the last 10 years. Their ability to get players to the NBA is unparalleled and ultimately that is what Kerry wants for his future. Not to mention the 8 National Championships as well as being the winningest program in College Basketball. To me, the decision is easy. But again, Kentucky is not for everyone and we all need to respect his decision regardless.