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REPORT: Kentucky in “great spot” with Kerry Blackshear Jr., decision expected soon

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Virginia Tech forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the top available graduate transfer on the market, and Kentucky is reportedly right in the thick of things in the home stretch of his recruitment.

Fresh off an official visit to Lexington, Corey Evans of told the Herald-Leader that the Wildcats are a frontrunner to land the 6-foot-11 big man and that a final decision could come in the next few days.

“I think Kentucky is in a great spot with him,” Evans told the Herald-Leader on Friday afternoon. “Right now, it’s Kentucky or Tennessee for him. I think a commitment is going to come within the next four or five days. That’s the vibe I’ve gotten.”

KSR reported on Thursday that Blackshear left Lexington without making a commitment, though the Kentucky coaching staff still felt very confident about their standing with the star forward.

When asked about Texas A&M, who has always been associated with Blackshear’s recruitment and was rumored to be the final visit coming off his trip to Kentucky, Evans wasn’t as optimistic about their chances. While they have never been seen as a serious favorite, it was always expected that the Virginia Tech transfer would at least listen to his former head coach’s pitch.

Now, Evans doesn’t believe that visit will be taking place and thinks the Aggies are out of the running.

“I don’t see A&M as a legitimate suitor anymore,” he said.

As far as who he does think is the leader between Kentucky and Tennessee, Evans said he wasn’t certain yet because Blackshear isn’t even certain.

“I honestly don’t know,” he said. “And that’s because the kid doesn’t know yet, I don’t think. I don’t think he knows what exactly he wants.”

Breaking down both schools in play, Evans says Tennessee is offering a premier role in the offense, while Kentucky is offering the spotlight and opportunity for improved draft status in his final year of eligibility.

“Tennessee can offer him the idea of playing more of a ‘4-5’ role and kind of expanding his game and having more of a chance to be ‘the guy,'” he said. “Compared to Kentucky, which offers, of course, the blue-blood platform and all that. They’re in the same conference, but they’re two separate opportunities. So, I think it’s whichever one that he really feels comfortable with and which one can put him in the best spot possible for the NBA.”

Sources told KSR earlier this week that even if Blackshear left campus without signing, a decision was expected before the start of next week, whether a visit to Texas A&M was on the table or not.

Now, the wait begins continues…



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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46 Comments for REPORT: Kentucky in “great spot” with Kerry Blackshear Jr., decision expected soon

  1. Ridge Runner
    4:22 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Jack, might wanna say at the end there.. “The wait continues”..

    • Jack Pilgrim
      4:23 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      You’re exactly right.

    • BBaxterUK
      11:07 am June 22, 2019 Permalink


    • runningunnin.454
      4:27 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, he wants to go to the NBA, and Tennessee players did so well last night/s

    • mashburnfan1
      7:52 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      running….you look stupid, again. UT had same amount of guys drafted as we did BUT none of their guys were expected to be draft picks when they entered college. So actually they were developed into draft picks where our guys came in as draft picks. In fact Keldon went much lower this year than he would have last year and not played college ball. Plus they beat us 2 out of 3 times with all our All-American top recruits vs their average recruits.

    • UKinMKY
      8:40 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Going 57th hardly counts as an impressive draft pick. Flop Williams will be out of the league by the end of his contract since he can’t shoot consistently, finish over NBA frontcourts or get away with cheap fouls. Mashburn continues to show he knows NOTHING about professional basketball. Love your football takes though, I’m amazed they come from the same handle.

    • ukkatzfan
      9:23 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty sure mashburnfan tweets under the name Not Jerry Tipton. Sounds like same logic.

    • Cokely53
      7:09 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

      The UT guys that worked their way into the draft couldn’t work their way out of the second round while our 3 went first round. But hey maybe he should go to Murray St because Ja wasn’t projected to get drafted and he ended up going 2nd overall instead of 2nd round

    • catsarerunnin
      7:33 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Bashburn you look stupid every day you wake up. Or talk. Or post. Or anything. That’s because you’re majorly overwhelming stupid.

    • michaelb
      8:31 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

      How does anything mash just said relate to blackshears recruitment ? Nothing really

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:41 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Once again bashburn proved he was never a UK fan. He’ll say I’ve been rooting since 1893 but we all know if it isn’t never and he’s not saying for Duke he’s full of it.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:30 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      OK, Mash, you keep humping Barnes’ leg, and I’ll stick with Cal. Maybe in four years, Barnes will have a team that can get to the Sweet 16 again.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:04 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Geez mashbum you just continue to look like a freaking dumbass and I must confess, I love it.

  2. TOMCATS1990
    4:26 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Fingers Crossed!!! We are the only BLUE BLOOD in the running and by far the best program. We should be in good shape.

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    4:35 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    That does seem like a difficult decision, but the opportunities are different. At UK, you get to practice against 3 other talented front court players and play in nationally televised games almost every night. I think that separates them. I don’t think Tennessee can offer that the same way.

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:37 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Florida was the only one that concerned me, thaey may he have been the only place were he visited that he could make them a threat.

  5. JT55
    4:43 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    I understand him thinking Tennessee. But, I would also think playing with an experienced pass first PG would come into play also. UK would really use him to make deep run next season.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:49 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      And Tennessee players did so well last night, #22, #42, and #57…lol

    • catsarerunnin
      5:13 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Guess you can say it was a “flop” for UT.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:20 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, nice one.

    • mashburnfan1
      7:55 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Once again, those guys were not considered draft prospects at all entering college so they actually did much better and were developed into picks. Our guys all came in as top picks from High School and were top picks from High School, actually in Keldons case he dropped after his UK year. PJ also dropped as he was a top pick in High School and would have been undrafted last year.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:34 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Drop the pretense Bashburn. You’re not a Cats fan. And you’re showing you’re a douchebag during the offseason too.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:36 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      A guy named Herro just said bashburn can go f himself.

    • dcforuk
      10:08 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburn – What is your perspective regarding PJ? Is your mind so beautiful that Charles Herman and Parcher are telling you what to say? They did a really good job of spinning reality and only seeing things one way. BTW – the first question was rhetorical!

  6. Smyrna_Cat
    4:54 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Patience is a virtue … or it is misguided. Fingers crossed.

  7. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:42 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Sources say he was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers last night.

    • nocode96
      7:17 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Underrated comment

    • peaches76
      7:27 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Until he wasn’t!

    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:34 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      That was certainly unfortunate. I’m sure there is enough regret to go around on that one already.

  8. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:44 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Hope they can get him, but in the end it only matters what Blackshear himself says or does.

  9. BobbyBlue
    5:54 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    I would have put my money on any of the
    teams listed, as finalists,except UT.
    If this post is true and indeed it is down to the Cats and UT, with Blackshear still undecided then there has to be something else going on. I
    I could see a UT consideration with last years UT, team but that team has been gutted.

  10. Nickerbocker05
    5:54 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    I’m telling you BBN, Blackshear is ours. #trustme

  11. BlueBanker18
    6:31 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Man, as confident about landing Blackshear as I’d like to feel, Reid Travis going undrafted could complicate things.

      6:57 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      R.T. is too slow to be a lottery pick. Comparing him to Blackshear is stupid, beyond the fact that they’re both transfers.

    • blueblue
      7:22 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Travis isn’t too slow for the NBA. It’s his size that hurts him. His game is low post, but he’s not big enough to be a big man in the NBA. And I can see how you SDSU he’s too slow, because he actually would be too slow to play the wing in the NBA. But if he could only find a more consistent mid range jump shot, I think he could make it in the NBA. His lack of speed would hurt most on the defensive side of the court, but there isn’t much defense in the NBA anyways.

    • mashburnfan1
      8:03 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      He should go to Texas Tech, that coach took an unrated recruit to a #6 pick. Or Murray St, an unrated recruit to #2 pick. Or Vandy…I mean they had a kid play just 5 games and they developed him into the #5 pick still. Cal had a kid named Vanderbilt that played more than that yet was not developed into that high of a pick. Or maybe Blackshear should just work out and develop on his own like Bazly did, kid skipped playing last year, worked for New Balance and made himself the #23 pick, he should go into business as an NBA draft developer.

    • nocode96
      10:28 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Mashturd, I don’t get your endgame here man. All you do is bash Kentucky players and Cal, like, literally that’s all you do. You have not said one positive thing about the basketball program since you have been here. You’re not even a troll, you’re just a legit, batshlt crazy dude. Please post your face in your profile so I can photoshop it in that Simpson’s frame where Abe is angrily shaking his fist toward the sky with the caption “old man yells at cloud”. Because that’s you, you’re Abe Simpson yelling at clouds. Every person here that decides to argue against you quite easily makes you look even more stupid. There’s maybe what, 300 of us in the comments section? 297 of them think you’re the biggest clown here and make fun of your lack of intelligence daily, right in front of you. Like, I cannot fathom how one becomes so dense and angry. Eat more fiber and lighten TF up dude, your life is playing out like some sad, lonely existence right in front of us. I’m starting to actually feel bad for you and wonder about your well being.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:46 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      And bashburn went from a baby that couldn’t sleep in his parents bed to a grown man that sleeps between them….now that’s development.

    • J. Did
      8:20 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

      @ mashburnfan1 – thank you for making people think. We agree in re Murray State, Vandy, and Texas Tech previously being viable options. Sounds like it’s decision time between the vols or CATS. He most certainly will take into consideration Reid Travis’ recent experience. That being said, while I hope he chooses KENTUCKY, my hope is CAL sold him on the journey.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:23 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

      The only thing mashbum makes anyone think about is his ignorance. Why does anyone who hates UK and Cal as much as this dope even come on this site?

  12. makeitstop
    10:43 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Weren’t Herro and SGA 4 stars? 4 star one and done lottery picks? And Mash is wrong, PJ wasn’t that high of a recruit. It’s hard to know where to start w the rebuttals so why bother? The fact is NBA GM’s who get paid to draft players like Cal’s guys bc they’re technically good and good teammates. And his 10-25 ranked freshmen outperformed Dukes 1-10 freshman as the season wore on. So isn’t that a result of coaching? Pat Riley says yes, Masburnfan says no. Hmmm

  13. 4everUKblue
    11:10 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve missed the moronic comments of mashbum, I just love how miserable Cal being the coach at UK makes him. Better scurry along little mash, Cal is here for life. LOL!

  14. Smyrna_Cat
    11:35 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

    I am glad we are reposting this info again on Blackshear because it is tough to keep up with him with only 30 posts per day on this site.

    3:19 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah it takes UT 4 years to hopefully sneak a draft pick in there late second round. You come to UK 1-2 YEARS and 80% are ready to go. Plus UK developes lottery pick 4*’s. WCS,BOOKER,SGA, HERRO. No one else can do that. UK is in great shape and Cal can get BLACKSHEAR to league. The difference between him and RT is he plays above rim, is taller, has better shot. Bkackshear will be a 1st round pick he comes to UK

    8:57 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Why is Blacksheer Jr, who is an adult, still being referred to as a “kid”? Also, as an adult, he will make the best decision for him, just like Travis last year. His best path to the the NBA runs through Lexington. If he simply wants to “be the man” and have the offense run through him then he’ll go to UT. Pretty simple.

  17. Kerosenerag
    9:03 am June 22, 2019 Permalink

    The facts are Coach Cal has “developed” MORE 4* players to the league than UT. No brainier for Blackshear….UK is the smartest choice. More spotlight, more experience playing against NBA talent in practice. Like I said ” no brainier!”
    Come on in Mr Blackshear…..the waters fine!!! Go Big Blue