As the wait continues for Kerry Blackshear, everyone has their own “source.” I am here to tell you, no one knows what the hell they’re talking about. Everything is just a gut feeling. What we do know…Blackshear loved Tennessee and he loved Kentucky. We also know that he wants to win a title and go to a team that offers the best chance to do so. We also know that he doesn’t care about “being the guy,” he just wants a ring and to enhance his skill for the next level. With his choices being Virginia Tech, Arkansas, A&M, Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky…only three of those offer a legitimate chance at making the tournament and only one offers the chance to win the title.
Earlier, Wic broke down the tiers for Kerry Blackshear and how each team stands. If you missed it, here it is.
Tier 1– Most likely
Tier 2– Possible
Tier 3– Dark horses
It’s been reported that it is a three horse race between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech with one on the outside…Kentucky. Again, this is all reports because no one knows what he will do. Virginia Tech allows him to go where he is used to, but playing for Mike Young instead of Buzz. Young has stated that they are “very much” in the race for Blackshear, but again I think he said that just so people who talk about them. 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.