Kerry Blackshear Finally Commits (Sources)

According to Jeff Goodman, Kerry Blackshear has finally informed everyone that he is attending Florida for his final season. It’s a shock honestly, considering a big part of him transferring was to find a team that could win it all and he makes Florida a threat in the SEC as well as a threat in the overall picture. Kind of becomes “the guy” which he said he didn’t want but oh well. Good pick up for Mike White and company. So what is next?

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I think Kentucky sits still. They have a top 5 team and still have what it takes to win it all. They just need to rely more on Richards which is scary but he could breakout this year. If they do add, keep an eye on N’Faly Dante. Reports have surfaced that he is staying in 2020, but Cal may attempt to sway him. N’Faly Dante is the 2nd ranked center in the 2020 class but his family seems to be pushing for him to reclassify into 2019. While he is from Wichita, Kentucky is also pushing for a reclassification due to his ability to own the paint and it doesn’t hurt that he is long as hell. While he is technically 6 foot 11 inches, his wingspan stretches to 7 foot 5 and some measurements even think it is bigger. His length allows him to have an elite shot blocking ability and there is no one better to teach him the game than Kentucky’s own Kenny Payne. You know, the guy who trained Boogie, AD, KAT, and pretty much every single big Calipari has ever produced. Payne can bring out the raw talent that Dante possesses and he could easily learn behind Montgomery and Richards.

But regardless, Kentucky will be fine. They’ll have a shot at 9 with their current roster so let’s go to war.

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Blackshear Decision Has Been Made

Well the saga is finally coming to a close as the nations most coveted graduate transfer has made his decision according to David Sisk. Sisk claims that there MAY be breaking news tonight but a decision has been made. Everybody has become annoyed with his process but honestly who cares. He’s a kid, let him enjoy the process especially since he wasn’t a highly rated recruit when the first process came around. Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio claims that Florida is the leader, yet many people threw them aside last week. Let’s break down the teams.

First off, Tennessee. 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. It’d be a good fit but if he truly wants to win, this isn’t the choice.

Second, Virginia Tech. 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 they stand no chance at winning anything. So I mean this can’t be the choice, right?

Third, Florida. Florida is depending on Kerry due to their lack of a legitimate big man and he could drastically improve them, probably making them a top 20 team next season. I’ve said time and time again that Mike White would be a perfect coach for Kerry because he could showcase his skills and not be hidden by the guard play in Florida, like he was at Virginia Tech.

Fourth, Texas A&M. Buzz has failed him for four years, so he won’t be going here. Enough said.

Fifth, Arkansas..? This has to be a joke. See Texas A&M.

Lastly, Kentucky. 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.

To me, Kentucky is the choice. It makes the most sense. He took his name out of the NBA draft to improve his game and win a title. Two schools give him a chance at winning anything…Florida and Kentucky. Florida, the only thing they could win is a game against Kentucky. They could make a run to about the Sweet 16 with Kerry but that’s it. Kentucky gives him the best chance to win a title and improve his draft stock with their proven success.

My guess (totally a guess)…he picks Kentucky. I mean why come back to school to play for another team that can’t win it all…Kentucky will be elite with or without Kerry but if he wants to truly win, he comes here.

Finally this will be over once and for all. Let’s hope it’s tonight. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @soft7sports and on Facebook

Forget Blackshear, Bring N’Faly Dante

I know everyone is fed up with Kerry Blackshear and the annoying process he has drug out and it looks like Calipari is too. According to Evan Daniels, 2020 center N’Faly Dante is visiting Kentucky June 27-29 with the possibility of reclassifying. I wrote weeks ago who N’Faly was and how I wanted him over Kerry and now it’s looking more and more like a possibility.

N’Faly Dante is the 2nd ranked center in the 2020 class but his family seems to be pushing for him to reclassify into 2019. While he is from Wichita, Kentucky is also pushing for a reclassification due to his ability to own the paint and it doesn’t hurt that he is long as hell. While he is technically 6 foot 11 inches, his wingspan stretches to 7 foot 5 and some measurements even think it is bigger. His length allows him to have an elite shot blocking ability and there is no one better to teach him the game than Kentucky’s own Kenny Payne. You know, the guy who trained Boogie, AD, KAT, Bam and pretty much every single big Calipari has ever produced. Payne can bring out the raw talent that Dante possesses and he could easily learn behind Montgomery and Richards. As always, trust in Cal.

As much experience that Kerry brings, it’s time to move on. He has made the process about him and that’s not who we want. We want someone who will work from day one and improve his game, not host a soap opera. N’Faly has the potential to build his game to the likes of Boogie and KAT but honestly he is a Bam at this point. I love Bam but he had pretty much a weak offensive game unless it was a dunk. N’Faly could be a two year player and develop an outside shot and be a huge factor for the Cats.

He has the raw talent on offense that Kentucky could pull from him. While he isn’t the best shooter, he has room to grow. He is very aggressive on the offensive boards and he goes up with authority much like Bam and Boogie did. His defense is what seals him as elite. He has great coordination and strength, going after every shot and he causes opponents to change the course of their shot at the rim. The one thing he has improved is his shot. Like I said, it isn’t the best but he has grown into it. He stroke is pure and once he comes on campus, if he spends time with Kenny he could easily become the shooter that EJ and AD are. His weakness if definitely that he is still learning the game and placements, but I think he’d be a great third big and he could eventually become the #1 big on the team.

So let’s move on to Dante and hope he loves campus and joins the 2019 squad. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @soft7sports and on Facebook.

Kerry Blackshear Update, There’s a New Leader

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…

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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.

Luis Castillo Trade Talk

Luis Castillo has been the ace of the Reds all season but has stumbled a little in his last few starts. With the trade deadline approaching at the end of July and Castillo possibly becoming the Reds first starter since Cueto to make the All-Star game, trade rumors have popped up. There is always one team looking for elite pitching…the New York Yankees, the Evil Empire. Being a Yankees fan as well, I’d say hell yeah to a trade but honestly the Reds should stay put. But let’s at least look at the possible scenarios, of which one seems pretty enticing.

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Chris Moore of CBS Radio has stated that Castillo recently came across the desk of Brian Cashman (a personal friend of mine not to brag) and also stated that “Castillo wouldn’t come cheap.” In the middle of his best season, Castillo is currently third in Cy-Young voting and is posting a career best 2.56 ERA and a current 7-2 record. Castillo has definitely struggled recently, so that begins the conversation…if the offer is good enough, do the Reds sell their ace? Let’s take a look…

Reds Give up: Luis Castillo (SP)

Reds Receive: Clint Frazier (OF), Estevan Florial (OF), and one of the following: Deivi Garci (RP) or Jonathan Loaisiga (RP)

To me, this is the only thing I would take. Castillo could be the future of the Reds and it really depends on how their season goes until July 31st. If they are in contention, there is no way I would give up Castillo, but if they do decide to sell this is the first place I’d look.

What do you think? Should the Reds trade Castillo?

Reds Starting the Push

There is one thing you can admit about this Reds team, they have heart. After a truly disappointing start to the season and after a 3-8 start in the month of June, they have soared back. The Reds stretched out a 6 game winning streaking, including giving the Astros their first series loss of the year (they also lost to the Yankees last weekend). The Reds became what everyone expected them to…a legitimate threat in the National League. With all their talent and with Scooter nearing a return, the Reds could easily soar above .500 in the next few weeks.

Over the past week, the Reds have won a series against the Astros, the AL West leaders, and split a series with the Brewers in Milwaukee. Over those games, the Reds finally pieced together an all around game with pitching being outstanding and attacking the ball early on the offensive end. They scored in the first inning in most of those games, including all three against the Astros. It came behind the strength of Puig, the clutchness of Winker, and the absolute gem from Tyler Mahle who had his first ever 7 inning apparence. This is the team the Reds could be, the team that attacks and scores often while having an amazing pitching staff. They are finally piecing it together, but what happens when Scooter returns?

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The Reds are still 24th in offense, 3rd in pitching, and currently sit 4th on the defensive end. Scooter definitely will help the offensive side, as he led the team in almost every category last season. Scooter coming back brings a very crowded infield and leaves Bell with a tough decision to make. With Dietrich, Iglesias, Peraza, Suarez, Farmer, and Votto, adding Scooter makes it messy. I think it is easy. Scooter at 2nd, Votto at 1st, Suarez at 3rd, and Iglesias at SS. Mix in Dietrich and Peraza when you can, including Peraza as the fifth man in the outfield. Unfortunately this means Farmer will probably go down, but this team gives you the best chances at winning. The pitching should keep up, especially if Luis Castillo can wake up.

Something has been up with Luis Castillo recently and it’s very noticable. while he still ranks 3rd in Cy-Young voting, things need to be fixed. He lives and dies by the corner and hitters have realized that and they honestly have just stopped swinging at the first pitch. If Castillo gets the first pitch in, then he controls everything. He also is throwing way too many balls and his slider has not been nearly as effective as it once was. Some of that is due to his success with the change-up which is super nasty, but he needs more than that. Castillo could easy pick it up and remain in Cy-Young contention, but All-Star break will definitely help him out.

As the series begins in Anaheim tonight, what are your realistic expectations for the season? I think this team can sneak into a Wild Card spot and steal a series in the NLDS. They have the potential, but only time will tell.

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Blackshear Latest, Including the Best Choice For Him

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
Kentucky
Tennessee

Tier 2– Possible
Florida
Arkansas

Tier 3– Dark horses
Texas A&M
Virginia Tech
Memphis

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…

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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.