Kerry Blackshear’s Landing Spot Is Anyone’s Guess

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

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Anyone Else Getting Tired of the Kerry Blackshear Saga?

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.

Swaggy Cal Ends Blackshear Pitch the Only Way He Knows How

The Kerry Blackshear Jr. recruiting saga of college basketball recruiting is finally coming to an end. Having just finished his visit in Lexington with Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats, Blackshear is faced with a choice. Does he play at a school where he could be the best player, but get little national recognition? Or, does he go with the coach that has a proven track record of letting his players realize their dream of playing in the NBA?

Calipari hopefully put that question to rest when he ended his recruiting pitch to Blackshear the only way he knew how. By hopping on a private jet en route to Brooklyn and the 2019 NBA Draft. Swaggy Cal is at it again. This is such a baller move to show to a recruit. I really hope he ended it by saying, “…And that’s why you should come to Kentucky. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have three guys about to get drafted and my jet is waiting.”

Hopefully, Blackshear makes his decision soon. To be completely honest, we all are getting a little warn out by the constant media attention and nothing really happening. I know Blackshear is too. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @soft7sports and on Facebook.

Calipari To Visit Kerry Blackshear Jr, Looking to Recruit Experience through Grad Transfers

John Calipari reportedly plans to have an in-house visit with Virginia Tech Grad Transfer, Kerry Blackshear.

Blackshear is the top rated grad transfer on this year’s market according to ESPN. However, there is no guarantee that he will be playing college basketball again this year. He has declared for the NBA Draft and has until May 29th to make his decision.

Surely, a year under Calipari at Kentucky would strengthen anyone’s draft stock. And a commitment from Blackshear on top of the signing Nate Sestina from Bucknell would make the Wildcat front court one of the best in the nation.

John Calipari is the best recruiter college basketball has ever seen. No calls, no texts, no emails, when he wants a player he flies private to their house and tells them to their face. He shows each recruit that they are a priority and never an afterthought. So far, it has has been working pretty well with 4 Final Fours, but only one title.

Turns out relying on 18 years olds doesn’t always turn out too well. Kentucky needs experience, but the top recruits that Calipari attracts never stay for more that a couple years. Hard to develop leaders in just one season. So how is the master recruiter going to get the experience he needs? That’s right, recruit it… through grad transfers.