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
Tier 2– Possible
Tier 3– Dark horses