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Kerry Blackshear Jr. is Officially Visiting another SEC School

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© Michael Thomas Shroy | USATSI

There’s some good news and bad news on the Kerry Blackshear Jr. recruiting front.

The Good News: the highly sought after grad transfer completed an official visit to Florida without committing. The Bad News: his next official visit is to an SEC school not named Kentucky.

Evan Daniels reports Kerry Blackshear Jr. will officially visit Arkansas today. The surprising news comes just a day after we first learned of Blackshear’s interest in Eric Musselman’s program.

Following the trip to Fayetteville, the 2019 All-ACC forward can visit three more schools on their dime. Kentucky is expected to be one of those destinations, although that has not been confirmed. Tennessee, Texas A&M and Gonzaga are also reportedly in the mix.

Arkansas? Really?


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

28 Comments for Kerry Blackshear Jr. is Officially Visiting another SEC School

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    12:34 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Well… There certainly seems to be playing time available. Is Arkansas putting the SEC on notice?

  2. Papaw
    12:55 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Who wants to constantly hear PIG SUEY?

  3. njcat54
    12:59 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    How is this guy all ACC and so heavily recruited when exactly zero NBA teams have any interest in him? What is missing in his game?

    • Underdog
      1:35 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Great question.

      I’m guessing speed on defense…the ability to guard is not too notch?

      He can shoot. It’s not that.

      My thought is speed and/or athleticism.

      He may be a good to solid college player, but just not nimble enough for him to keep up against the most elite athletes in the world in the NBA.

      I’d like to hear what others say.

    • Underdog
      1:38 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      From a scouting report:


      Solid finisher around the basket

      Fairly good low post scorer

      Fairly good scorer off the dribble

      Has stretch big potential

      Decent playmaker

      Adequate rebounder

      Decent defender

      Above average athlete


      Inconsistent shooter (he did shoot 33% from 3)

      Can tend to force the issue too much on offense

      Not an elite rebounder

      Not an elite shot blocker

      Can be undisciplined defensively

      May not be outstanding at any one particular skill

    • BobbyBlue
      2:03 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      I read somewhere that his biggest problem was a lack of lateral quickness, and the fact that he didn’t excell at any one thing

  4. StuckinLville
    12:59 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Eric Musselman is a good coach. Cant blame anyone for wanting to play for him. Someone i hoped would be in consideration when Cal leaves.

  5. binarysolo
    1:14 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Is he looking to play where he’d be The Man?

  6. CatfaninCinci
    1:24 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    He ain’t coming here…

    Moving on!

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:31 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Noted. Thanks.

    • StillBP
      2:08 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Is that per Tom Jenkins? If not, I’m not buying it…yet.

    • dcforuk
      7:30 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Perhaps (not)!

  7. Smyrna_Cat
    1:36 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Is this “obsess over a potental recruit who shows no interest” year? I can’t see any way he comes here with the big guys we have.

    • Underdog
      1:42 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      The reason would be he would play at least 20 minutes a game and his percentages would improve. Most importantly, he’d benefit from the team hype from reaching the FF and receive prep work that UK excels at that would best prepare him for a potential NBA career.

  8. TOMCATS1990
    1:47 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Would love to get him in here but this kid sounds like he wants to be the man at a second tier school not share the spotlight at the BEST School in the land.

  9. LVCAT
    1:59 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Blackshear taking a look at other schools is wise, because he desires to be in the NBA next season.

    Blackshear put up 18 & 5 against UK at Rupp on December 2017. He is a potential SEC and National POY Candidate. His desire is to be a lottery pick then coming to UK is his best choice to improve, be scouted by the NBA and to win a Championship. If Blackshear chooses UK, gets in NBA physical shape and performs well then he will be a lottery pick next season.

    • DelrayCat
      3:52 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Honestly, I don’t agree. At Ark or UF he would be the guarenteed starter and best player down low. At UK, he will likely split time with 3 other quality bigs, plus a loaded roster. Sure, UK gets more publicity…but does that really matter these days? If you can play, the NBA will find you.
      Now having a desire to win a title is something totally different….

    • DelrayCat
      3:53 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Oops, sorry I meant to reply to RoarFor22. You nailed it also LVCat.

  10. BlueByYou
    2:03 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    He gets 5 visits and possibly was not highly recruited as a HS senior. He’s enjoying the process, as he should. So…maybe he’s looking at all the rest of the pretenders and when he gets to UK, he commits! We will surely blow everyone else away with facilities, fan support, NBA connections & national exposure. Bottom line will be, does he want to be the big dog and play 35 minutes on a good team or one of the pack of dogs that has a real chance at the title. Guess we’ll know soon. We’re OK whatever he decides.

  11. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:31 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    I still say if he doesn’t come here it could be fear of competition. PJ wasn’t that good his freshman season now look at him, EJ is right there with him. People knocking Richards haven’t been paying attention to his play time, he had the most blocks per game on the team last year playing only 11 min, his per 40 rebound are the highest on the team as well. If he can get his fouls down, with all the scoring we have next year, he doesn’t need to score on anything but put backs and dunks with his ability to rebound and alter shots, which should also let him just pass out instead of making dumb offensive decisions. Then there’s Nate he was a decent blocker, rebounder, and scorer in the patriot league but looking at some of his vids you can see where fat could get changed to muscle meaning if he puts in the work he has the potential to bring all that over to the power 5(whom he has done ok against) with his new found strength and athleticism.

  12. RoarFor22
    2:40 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    If he truly wants to be an NBA player then Kentucky is the obvious choice. The other schools on his list don’t even come close to developing talent like UK and Cal is known for. None f the other schools will prepare him for the next level like UK will. But have fun playing on a second tier team who might not make NCAA tournament

    • mashburnfan1
      7:21 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      You idiots, Cal has not developed these kids either. He was great at getting NBA ready guys to come to UK to do their mandatory year by rule. If it was Cal and his great developing skills why is Nick a JR and still not wanted? He was #1 center and a top 20 pick had he been able to be drafted from High School. After 2 years with Cal no NBA team wants him. Hagans, Quickley, SKJ, POY, Twins, Briscoe, Gabriel and so many more. Cal is not getting those sure fire NBA guys to come here now. dUKe got them last year so I guess Coach K is the great NBA develop guy now, he will have 3 top 7 picks, NO, he simply got them to go to dUKe for that year. Blackshear should go to Murray State, that coach took a no name 1 start kid with no offers to a top 3 pick in just 2 years, Cal never did that.

    • dcforuk
      7:41 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      It is true that the concrete paths laid by Cal are now more traveled. He is a trailblazer. He brought his tools to a forest and cut down a bunch of trees. He then graded the land and poured concrete to create some paths easy to walk on. Others like Coach K saw the wisdom and have joined Cal on the paths that Cal blazed. That has made the paths a little more crowded. There is plenty of wine and plenty of cheese to match it if you’d like. No system is perfect but 1 title, 1 runner up, 2 other FFs and 7 total Elite Eights in 10 seasons is excellent. The paths have gotten more crowded in the last five years. An OT and last second shot prevented FFs in 6 of 10 seasons. Enjoy that cheese and wine!

    • dcforuk
      7:44 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Era uoy a toidi nrubhsam

    • Cletis75
      10:52 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Once again Mashburnfan1 is telling the lie that Nick was the number 1 ranked center out of high school. He was ranked number 6, mashburnfan1, 6th! Look up the rankings instead of lying.

  13. ColoradoCatFan88
    6:23 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    So basically we’re either going to get him, or have to play against him 2-3 times next season. I still feel like we are one of the front runners. He’d get at least 25 minutes a game with us & a legitimate shot at winning a national championship as well as improving his draft stock.

  14. a21CATSfan
    8:26 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Blackshear would honestly make this team hard to defend with the new rule changes. I think Cal would definitely have a 4-out, 1-in dribble-drive offense with Hagans, Maxey, Whitney and Brooks, with Blackshear working the middle. That would allow him to sub in 2-3 bigs to wear teams down late in halves, and still have shooters like Quickley, Juzang and Allen on the bench. CATS