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.

Tennessee Lets Down the Entire SEC Yet Again

Tennessee is the single most disappointing team in the Southeastern Conference. This past year in basketball, Tennessee won the SEC regular season and entered the NCAA Tournament as a 2 seed. Literally never had the possibility of playing a higher ranked team until at least the Elite 8 and still lost in the Sweet 16. The best team in the SEC and the best team Tennessee ever had could handle any kind of pressure. Leaving the SEC’s chances of a title in the hands of Auburn.

Just a month later they let us all down again. This time, at the NFL Draft.

For the 13th straight year, the SEC had the most selections in the draft. All but one school had a player selected. So who dropped the ball? Kentucky? Usually yes, but not this time. Vanderbilt? Nope. Tennessee once again disappointed the entire conference by not having a single player drafted.

But what did we expect? Tennessee finished last in the SEC East and have been having a serious fall from grace ever since they let a wide receiver from Kentucky out quarterback Tyler Bray.

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Hate Is Learned, Especially in College Basketball

College basketball fans are the most passionate fans in America. Whether you went to that school, grew up cheering for them, or have no connection to them and just like them because they are good (Duke fans); one thing is for certain: you have learned to hate your rival school.

As a UK alum and born and raised Kentuckian, I grew up a Cats fan. I cried every year we lost in the tournament until I was about 13 and then again when we won in 2012. But with my love for Kentucky basketball came something else. I developed a deep hatred for teams like Louisville, Tennessee and, above all, DUKE. But here is the thing, I really don’t know why I hate them.

When it comes to Louisville, it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense why I hate them. I mean, I have lived my whole live, excluding college, in that city. I don’t hate any other college there, just the University of Louisville. I have friends that go there (humble brag I have friends), have had a good time at UofL parties (humble brag I go to parties), and the Yum! Center has never disappointed. So, do I really hate that school because they beat Kentucky every now and then? YUP.

Then, there is Tennessee. No idea why I hate them. I never even gave that color orange a chance. It doesn’t deserve one, but still.

Then we have Duke. If you want to talk irrational, my hatred for Duke is definitely falls under than category. If you don’t know specifically why Kentucky fans hate Duke, I will bring you up to speed. In the year of our Lord 1992, Christian Laettner hit a last second turnaround jumpshot to put Duke in the Final Four and Kentucky out of the tournament.

That’s it. One shot that was entirely Kentucky’s fault for not guarding the inbounder or playing defense. Not only do I hate Duke because of this, I also hate Christian Laettner. And here is the worst part: I wasn’t even alive for this game. So something I did not experience nor was I able to understand until much later has left a lasting impression on me and left me with an irrational hatred of a school I never could have gotten into anyway.

I am not sure how rival schools work where you are from, but for me, a loss for Duke feels as good as a Kentucky win. Maybe as good as sex. I’m not sure though, I’ll let you all know when it happens to me.

It Was Raining Trash in Oxford after Ole Miss Loss to Tennessee

After losing a heartbreaker to Tennessee, 73-71, Ole Miss did the most Hotty Toddy thing that Ole Miss could do. There was trash everywhere. And I am not talking about the people of Mississippi, that would be mean. I am talking about how they threw trash on the court like they were Tyga at strip club.

So what made Rebel fans so angry? Well, Ole Miss was down 1 with 10 seconds remaining. They put up a three so heavily contested that it would make J.R. Smith proud. There was clear contact and a charge was called on Ole Miss which led to a technical foul and, ultimately, the Tennessee win.

Now, I am not going to get into whether or not it was a block or charge, that is more Rex Chapman’s thing. I am also not going to say that Ole Miss was right… but I get it. They desperately needed a big time win if they were going to have a shot at the NCAA tournament and if they had different officials, maybe the call would have gone their way. But throwing trash? Come on, guys.

I assume that the Ole Miss fans were all trying to hit the referees while doing their best Eli Manning impressions.

Why Tennessee Is the Most Annoying Team in Basketball

There are many annoying teams in NCAA Basketball, but one blows the others out of the water. To truly be the most annoying team of the season, not only does the team have to do all kinds of irritating things, but they also must be hyped up by their arrogant fanbase. Kentucky could be the most annoying, even Duke, and Louisville’s 3-point announcer irks me enough to make me mute my TV except for when Ryan McMahon is in the game. I would take arguments for any team, but Tennessee is the worst of all and here are 5 reasons why:

Swagger Jacking
There are 2 serious offenses. Let’s start with those warm-up pants. Team color and white vertical stripes… what does that remind us of? Tennessee straight up jacked Indiana’s warm-ups. Then there is the way that they end their pre-game warm-ups. One player, I never bothered to see who it was since I sure as hell won’t have to remember it for the NBA, does some crazy dunk and the rest of the team jumps with him. Cool. Their fans go crazy for it having no idea they stole this from Murray State. While these normally aren’t teams that a top 5 squad should copy, maybe Tennessee should given that Indiana and Murray State both have players projected in the lottery of the next NBA draft and they don’t even have one in the first round.

Good Once Every 4 Years
Tennessee is a lot like Ohio State or Oklahoma. They are scary good for one maybe two years and then fall back into irrelevance once a couple good players leave. Only difference is that when Tennessee does it, they pretend like they are God’s gift to basketball. I get a strong “new money” vibe from this team. Once Schofield, Bone, and Williams leave they will be back to having their rivalry with Vanderbilt.

Not sure what this is for, unless we started giving out hats and shirts for the regular season.

That Gaudy Ass Orange
I think we can all agree on this one. Tennessee has the worst color of all time and they put it on everything. There is something that is just so irritating about that shade and how it is actually everywhere. It sticks out like a sore thumb in every crowd.

Worst Trash Talk
This was something I noticed against Kentucky. Everyone was talking on both sides, but the camera caught Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield several times. First, if you are going to talk smack on the court with a name like Admiral, you have to be able to back it up. He could not. His favorite thing to yell was “he can’t guard me”, referring to PJ Washington. In a shocking turn of events, PJ could. Schofield shot 7-18 and was only the fourth highest scorer in game behind, you guessed it, PJ Washington. Grant Williams was also jawing quite a bit, so maybe that explains why he was on his back for most of the game.

Wayne Chism’s Headband
Being completely honest, I loved Wayne Chism’s headband, but this was the last cool thing that ever happened to Tennessee Basketball. Keep in mind, he hasn’t played for them since the 2009-2010 season. Only two decent NBA players, NO FINAL FOURS, one Elite 8, really nothing cool about UT. Just Wayne Chism’s headband.

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