First off, we are all tired of this process so let’s not bitch about it in the comments. Kerry Blackshear is the most sought after graduate transfer in recent memory. The 6 foot 10 inches center from Virginia Tech withdrew from the NBA draft weeks ago and has since taken multiple visits to Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky. There have been many reports of where he intends on playing his final year, but we have a new update. After Tennessee was apparently in the lead, Jake Weingarten claims that Virginia Tech is now in the driver’s seat to land Blackshear but he claims Tennessee is still in the hunt.
A week ago I reported that Mike Young was adamant that they were in the hunt for Kerry Blackshear and I’m going to say the same thing I said then…no one knows what Blackshear will do. The “leader” is completely dependent on who is in the news and who believes they have a chance. Mike Young has spoke it into existence. Tennessee did the same thing. After his visit, they reported that he loved it and message boards ate it up. Kentucky did the same thing too, where everyone anticipated he was signing with the Cats because everyone reported his visit went well. Kerry Blackshear is as mysterious as it gets and I wouldn’t be shocked if he picked any school. Virginia Tech would give him a familiar sight, but he would have 0% chance of winning anything or improving his draft stock.
Kerry has said that he doesn’t care about “being the guy” and that he wants to go to a team with the best chance to win a title. 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. It makes the most sense for his goals and aspirations, but if he doesn’t pick Kentucky he won’t win anything and he probably won’t even get drafted.
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.