After the long, exhausting saga that was the Kerry Blackshear Jr. transfer, it is nice to have relaxed transfer process like that of Brad Calipari. What began as a testing of the waters, now looks like a done deal. Brad Swag will be leaving Lexington.
As announced via his Twitter, Calipari is down to two schools: Detroit and Hampton.
Brad Calipari has taken visits to Hartford, Detroit and Bryant so far. After redshirting for last season, Calipari still has two years of eligibility and will be allowed to play immediately.
Everyone has their opinion on Brad. Some say he isn’t good enough to play D-1 and some go even further to say that he never belonged in Kentucky Blue to begin with. Say what you will, but he is definitely better than Saul Smith, Tubby’s son. Also, Brad has been playing the last 3 years against the top talent in the country in practice. Many of the players he guarded are now in the NBA. That kind of competition has to translate to some kind of improvement and playing time for a mid major school.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are now the favorites to land All-star guard Kemba Walker.
Coming off a 25.6 point and 5.9 assist season, Kemba is one of the hottest names in this year’s offseason. And with Celtics losing their star point guard Kyrie Irving to free agency, they need Walker now more than ever.
Danny Ainge has changed up his team building strategy as of late to free up as much cap space as possible as opposed to collecting assets like normal. The Celtics have $30+ million in cap space to work with leaving plenty of room to sign the 29 year old All-star and still have room to surround him with talent.
Kemba, being a great ball handler and excellent facilitator, would make him a great fit in Boston. The young core led by Brown and Tatum needs a veteran leader to allow them to grow as a unit. While he may not be the offensive presence that Kyrie is, he still demands attention and his selfless playing style can unlock his teammate’s untapped potential.
Brad Stevens also knows just how good Kemba is. Having played him in the NBA for years, and also in 2011 when his Butler Bulldogs met Kemba and UConn in the NCAA Championship. I am sure that Stevens wants his revenge, but having him as his starting point guard would suffice.
When we think of the highest paid athletes in sports, we think Lionel Messi who makes $40M+ a year just off his contract alone, and LeBron James who seems to have his hand in just about everything now. But how do these players stack up compared to the athletes before them or even before Christ?
The list is only about modern athletes. It does not taking into account ancient athletes like Gaius Appuleius Diocles, a Lusitania Chariot Racer. It is said to have earned 35,863,120 sesterces, by some estimation over $15 billion in today’s dollars. This means he would be the best paid athlete of all time.
Who would have thought that a baller from the Roman Empire in AD 40 would make so much money that Ronaldo would also have to divorce Jeff Bezos to catch him.
Few players have dominated recruiting headlines like Kerry Blackshear Jr. Every day there is a new update that only confuses us more than the last. As soon as we think he is about to make a decision, a new team forces their way into the forefront delaying the process yet again.
Since Blackshear has entered the transfer portal and taken his name out of the NBA Draft, he has been traveling the Southeast to try to find his new home. Florida emerged as an early contender and a visit to Arkansas made the decision even harder. Kentucky has been the top team throughout this entire process, but a visit to Tennessee nudged the Volunteers into the lead. The great recruiter in Penny Hardaway had to make a pitch and threw Memphis’ hat into the ring. And all this time there is still a possibility he follows his old coach, Buzz Williams, to Texas A&M or stays right where he is at Virginia Tech.
We have been covering the Kerry Blackshear Jr. recruiting saga for the last couple of weeks. And even after 15 days of reading news, analysis and personal statements, we know nothing more than the casual fan about what his future holds. Our guess is just as good as anyone else’s.
One part of me, the die-hard Kentucky fan, just wants him to commit already. This process has become exhausting and annoying. Some Kentucky fans don’t even care where he goes anymore. Then the other part of me, the sympathetic human side, gives him the benefit of the doubt since this has to be the scariest decision of his life. While Kentucky gives him the best opportunity to succeed and make the NBA, other schools offer him the playing time he may need to grow into an NBA talent.
The problem with trying to predict what a recruit will do is that sometimes the recruit has no idea what they want. And that is the case here. So, here is my best guess where Kerry Blackshear will end up based on all the reports that have been released:
Tier 1– Most likely Kentucky Tennessee
Tier 2– Possible Florida Arkansas
Tier 3– Dark horses Texas A&M Virginia Tech Memphis
The year was 2007. T-Pain wanted to Buy U a Drank, Soulja Boy just taught us how to Crank Dat and Kentucky was about to have their most successful football seasons in a long while. Achieving a 5-1 record and #17 national ranking led the Cats to their biggest test. The #1 LSU Tigers came to Lexington for a battle they did not expect. Kentucky, however, came ready to play.
It was back and forth all game. The Kentucky greats solidified their place in Kentucky history. Names like Andre Woodson, Derrick Locke, Stevie Johnson, Jacob Tamme, Dickie Lyons Jr. and Trevard Lindley all played pivotal roles in knocking off the best team in the country. Relive the whole game here:
The craziest part about this game is that LSU actually had a quarterback that was capable of throwing the ball in Matt Flynn. And even he was no match for the secondary led by Trevard Lindley. Only posting 130 yards to Andre Woodson’s 250.
This team was destined for so much more. Reaching as high as #8 in the rankings, this Kentucky team ended up unranked with a 7-5 record. Eleven year old Wic watching this game though Kentucky was going to at least the SEC Championship, if not a BCS bowl. But Kentucky football is going to Kentucky football, especially before the Mark Stoops era.
The NFL Season is just weeks away and it still feels so far out of reach. But the NFL knows exactly how to reel us in even when they won’t be giving us any football any time soon. Just today, they gave us just a little taste of the season to come and reminder of what we are missing. They have released the dates and locations for the upcoming training camps. Check it out below.
State Farm Stadium
Atlanta Falcons Training Facility
Flowery Branch, GA
Under Armour Performance Center
Owings Mills, MD
St. John Fisher College
Olivet Nazarene University
Paul Brown Stadium
Cleveland Browns Training Complex
Marriott Residence Inn
UCHealth Training Center
Detroit Lions Training Facility
Allen Park, MI
St. Norbert College
De Pere, WI
Houston Methodist Training Center
TIAA Bank Field
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO
Jack Hammett Sports Complex
Costa Mesa, CA
University of California, Irvine
Baptist Health Training Facility
TCO Performance Center
Quest Diagnostics Training Facility
East Rutherford, NJ
Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
Florham Park, NJ
New Orleans Saints Training Facility
Napa Valley Marriott
Saint Vincent College
SAP Performance Facility
Santa Clara, CA
Virginia Mason Athletic Center
AdventHealth Training Center
Saint Thomas Sports Park
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
Our Broncos will begin training on July 17, in Englewood, Colorado, at University of Colorado Health Training Center. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait as long to see Denver back in action. They will actually be playing the Falcons a week earlier than ever other team in the Hall of Fame preseason game.
Something that sticks out is that the Broncos all report on the same day. Veterans and Rookies. I don’t think they need a whole week like the Cardinals, but it would make sense to have the Rookies report a day or two before everyone else to help get their bearings in a new job and new city. Just my opinion.
Let us know what you all think in the comments and for more Broncos opinions and updates follow us on Twitter @soft7sports.
Ever since the deadline to commit to the NBA Draft came and went, there has been one name in every recruiting headline: the 6’10” Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr.
For the last couple of weeks, Blackshear has been traveling around the Southeast visiting schools and hoping to find the right fit. All this time and it doesn’t look like he is any closer to making a decision.
Every day, there is a new “update” that gives us just as little information as the last. There is always a new school that pushes their way into the mix and becomes his new favorite. It seems to always be a two horse race between Kentucky and some other new school. Then, there is always Virginia Tech and Texas A&M lurking in the background as the dark horses.
Every analyst gives their opinion based on what their sources are telling them. They really don’t know any more information than we do, but it is their job to keep us informed. The problem with trying to keep the masses updated on a player is that sometimes the player doesn’t know either. They try to offer what information they can, but when there is really nothing important to reveal, the storyline can get boring, annoying and downright exhausting.
We, here at Soft 7 Sports, have been blogging the last couple days about where Blackshear could end up. We’ve definitely contributed to the beating of the dead horse, and we have heard the complaints. Of course, we want him to pick Kentucky and think it is the obvious choice. But we aren’t Kerry Blackshear. We truly have no idea what he wants to do. No matter how tired we are of the “recent news and developments”, we will never be as exhausted of this process more than the transfer himself.
Kerry Blackshear has to be scared right now. He has gone through the recruiting process before and played college basketball. All the work he has put in didn’t even get him an invite to the NBA Draft Combine. So, he has one more shot at playing the game he loves for the rest of his life in the NBA and there is a lot of pressure to get this college decision right.
Kentucky seems like the obvious choice, but he will have to fight for every minute of playing time he gets. It could end up worse for him than Virginia Tech. Tennessee and Florida offer their own benefits such as being the star player, but another season like last year will prove this upcoming season to be a year of wasted time.
We hope this process come to an end soon for all of our sake’s, but in the meantime, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all BBN news and opinions.