This saga has been continued for way too long and to be honest, like all of you all, I am getting pretty exhausted from it. Kerry Blackshear is the top graduate transfer in college basketball and he is being chased by Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, A&M, and Virginia Tech. For weeks I have said it would be Kentucky but Evan Daniels reported yesterday that Kentucky and Tennessee are the the two front runners…it is Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Now, he did say it was just a feeling and who really knows what he is thinking. He has kept this whole process extremely quiet with no indication of anything, everyone is just taking their best guess at where he will go…but there is some truth in Virginia Tech.
His old school, Virginia Tech, apparently feels pretty decent as well, as Mike Young stated that they are “very much” in the picture of landing Blackshear. This is one of the reasons that everyone is claiming Virginia Tech. They’re currently the trending team and when someone keeps it as quiet as Kerry, no one really knows which way he could lean. I think Mike Young is trying to speak it into existence but I do think Kerry has kept in constant contact with them. For me, it seems extremely weird that he’d go back to Virginia Tech, especially if he wants to win a title. Tennessee is the team I’d worry most about.
Tennessee lost Bone, Williams, and Schofield and they need a total revamp with Alexander graduating as well. With Turner and Bowden leading the backcourt, Tennessee is missing one piece from making them legitimate and that piece is Blackshear. He would take them from a middle of the pack team to a top 3/4 in the SEC. He still would not have a chance at realistically winning anything, but his playing time would be significantly better and he could “be the guy.” But again, they really stand no chance of winning anything but they seem to be trending in the right direction. But I am going to stick with my pick…
Blackshear’s dream is to make it to the NBA and what better place than Kentucky. EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards returning shouldn’t have too much of an effect on Kerry as they both struggle offensively but the addition of Nate Sestina would mean there is four big men fighting for minutes. They’re a top 5 team regardless, but Kerry would put them over the top and make them a top 2 team with a better chance at a title. Kerry is older and would provide a veteran leadership that Kentucky rarely has and offers Kerry the best chance at winning. I think the choice is easy and my prediction is staying the same…Kentucky will land him.
Again, no one on earth knows what Kerry Blackshear will do, besides himself. Kerry is a dynamic player who could add depth and experience to this Kentucky team. To be honest, Kentucky has a legitimate shot at winning the title with or without Kerry. With him, they add another big who could get solid minutes and help both EJ and Nick enhance their skill. Without him, EJ, Nick, and Nate will run the 5 and honestly they’ll do an amazing job at it. With a plethora of forwards, this team will be fine regardless of what happens.
This saga should wrap up soon, so finally we’ll be done with it. Regardless of his decision, let’s respect it and get ready to run the basketball scene and capture 9. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @soft7sports and on Facebook.This saga should wrap up soon, so finally we’ll be done with it. Regardless of his decision, let’s respect it and get ready to run the basketball scene and capture 9.