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REPORT: Kerry Blackshear Jr. Expected to Commit to Florida

© Jason Getz | USATSI

© Jason Getz | USATSI

Well, there it is. After several years of waiting, Virginia Tech grad transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. is expected to commit to Florida, per multiple sources.

Blackshear was down to Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia Tech before ultimately choosing the Gators.

The Wildcats remain in good shape without Blackshear – a 6-foot-10 big man who can stretch the floor and also put the ball on the ground – and will still go about 10 players deep in the rotation. The addition of Blackshear would have immediately vaulted the Cats into the preseason No. 1 overall ranking. Now, Kentucky will simply have to work with the stacked roster it currently has.

Go Cats and good luck to Blackshear.

UPDATE (9:05 pm): It’s official.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

63 Comments for REPORT: Kerry Blackshear Jr. Expected to Commit to Florida



  1. Nickerbocker05
    8:42 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    This is BS!



    • DelrayCat
      7:24 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Taking the Sestina commit caused this. Otherwise, he is at UK. I hope Nate gives them something.



    • Fitz
      8:59 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Not anymore than Montgomery and Richards coming back. Sestina is a bench for UK player that Blackshear would play over. While Blackshear no combining isn’t the end of the world, he would have been a welcomed addition.



  2. UKinMKY
    8:48 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    B-but the analysts all said Florida was out!

    Whatever, moving along.



    • DT in DC
      8:59 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Living in Northern Virginia with billions of annoying VT fans, I was looking forward to laughing that we got him. Now, he’ll just have an added layer of yuck on him going from Tech to Florida.



    • UKinMKY
      9:42 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Suppose it’s better than hearing the gloating of the VT fans had he decided to return. Definitely agree, although at least it’s the next best choice for the guy.



    • Dairy Queen All American
      8:45 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      This totally exposes the “so called” experts. They haven’t mentioned Florida being in the mix for 2 weeks. Huge Cats fan, but Blackshear made the right choice. UK’s front court is fine without him. This gives Keion a chance to play some stretch 4.



  3. catsfan1995
    8:59 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not upset at all. Would have loved to have him but I’m excited to play some ball every once in a while with Brooks at the 4. Gonna be a fun year!



    • JT55
      9:21 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Brooks is not a 4.



  4. nocode96
    8:59 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Weird how everyone said Florida was out.



  5. AirForceOne
    9:00 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    The “Experts” have had him going everywhere. I’ll believe it when the season starts, and he walks onto the floor.



  6. Hendo22
    9:00 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    There has to be an incentive….whatever, time to think about Football season.



    • nocode96
      12:59 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, he’s from Florida and his family and friends are all there. Also, Florida is a good school with a very solid b-ball team ready for next year. And, they’re well coached…there’s your incentive.



  7. kentuckybackupplayer
    9:01 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I guess all the stories about him wanting to join a team that could make a deep run in March were fake news.



    • mashman 93
      9:07 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Florida is going to be very good next year. Mike White has his best team yet at Florida.



  8. bbn606
    9:05 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t blame him for wanting to be close to his family during his final season.



  9. mashman 93
    9:06 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    He’s from Florida so I get it. Kentucky is still the favorite for next season imo but the Gators now probably have their best team under Mike White. Good luck Kerry and prepare to have that butt kicked. TWICE!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!



    • DelrayCat
      8:23 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      A voice of reason…rare here.



  10. Smyrna_Cat
    9:10 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Thanks for the multi-daily updates for the last couple of months, all of which indicated we were “in good shape.”



  11. Cmart0907
    9:15 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    These “experts” are clueless like us. We will be fine.



  12. JT55
    9:20 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Bye bye final four run. Unless Nick and EJ miraculously transform into much better players.



    • UKinMKY
      9:35 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Go cheer for Florida then.



    • JT55
      10:02 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Just stating facts.



    • nocode96
      1:00 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Your opinion cannot, by definition, be facts.



    • zoupman
      10:07 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      I think him not coming here increases our chances of a final four run



    • UK Maine-iac
      10:13 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      If we don’t make the Final Four then your statement will be a fact. As of now it’s conjecture aka an opinion based on incomplete information.



    • ukcamel
      10:14 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      That is literally not a fact, it is a prediction. Predictions are not facts. You should spend less time barfing out hot takes and more time learning what very basic, monosyllabic English words mean. Seriously this is part of 4th grade curriculum and yet you fail to understand it. I hope you feel bad because I feel bad for you.



    • JT55
      10:25 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Some of you people need to take your big blue blinders off for a minute. “Him not coming here increases our final four chances” That’s a rediculous statement. Blckshear is a great college player. EJ is def a better pro prospect than him. But, the fact is he’s night and day ahead of Nick and EJ.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:27 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      What makes him great? Also you might try using spellcheck.



  13. tgoff
    9:24 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Florida, now a final 4 prediction my ass!!



  14. Jeremydg
    9:25 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Thought he wanted to win a national championship?



  15. KENTUCKYCATS
    9:26 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Funny…he wanted to compete for a National Championship….its going to be fun beating them twice next year



    • nocode96
      1:01 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty sure his camp, not him put that caveat out there. I think that was more of media writers.



  16. backwoods
    9:28 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Best of luck to him. I think he made a bad choice. Anywho, Florida will be pretty good this year. Should be some good games.



  17. MontyCats
    9:29 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Shew, Cal is losing these recruiting battles at a worrisome rate. We’re gonna be a top 6-15 type team this year. Still have the talent to win but need some breaks.



    • DelrayCat
      8:22 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      As opposed to what? Name another coach who is more successful recruiting today? Coach K is it…and Cal has been better with slightly less in this decade.



  18. jim tom
    9:36 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Thank god



  19. CstlCAT22
    9:51 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Dang. Well played, makes sense really. Would have loved the experience. Good luck.



  20. Cat4life23
    9:51 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I tired of this dude anyways wish you didn’t have to post about him he can’t make his mind up! One minute he’s going to Florida the next minute he’s going to UT and the next he’s staying at Virginia so at this point to me his talent is just about useless



  21. notFromhere
    9:57 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Aw. That’s too bad. Never thought he’d come here, but would have been a little vetter to get him than play against him.

    Team is set. Let’s get to work



  22. Kyceltsfan
    10:02 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    LOL final four contender.



  23. Underdog
    10:26 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    N’Faly.



    • JT55
      10:30 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Looks like he’s leaning towards staying in 2020. Hoping they can land him for next year.



    • Underdog
      10:46 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      He’s got to say he’s staying otherwise he can’t play the summer circuit.



  24. Catlogic15
    10:35 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    So if he averages a gazillion and gazillion. NBA still will not be impressed.



  25. robman181
    10:58 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I’m sorry but Cal needs to change something. He is missing on way too many important pieces. Next year will likely be 5th year in a row with no final four. Really, only two of those teams were good enough to do it. 2018 could have but it was a break of the bracket. Two final four caliber teams in 5 years is not good enough at Kentucky.



    • JT55
      11:30 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Be careful, you’re making alot of sense. Some of the fan boys don’t like the truth.



    • ClutchCargo
      12:44 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      “Next year will likely be 5th year in a row with no final four.”

      Seriously? Just listen to yourself. smh



    • TPACAT
      4:55 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Based on the talent we’ve had, he’s right…



    • CahillsCrossingNT
      6:10 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      I said after the loss to Wisconsin they’d never make it back to the Final Four, let alone win a national championship. I hope I’m wrong, but I have zero confidence in this coach or program right now.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:31 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Cal is missing on the recruits who want to be “the man” and want to be guaranteed PT. RJ Barrett comes to mind, how did dUKe getting those two help them? Also if you have zero confidence in the coach or program, go find one you do have confidence in. You won’t be missed.



    • bosch8184
      8:06 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      These snowflakes can’t handle any objective analysis of their Wildcats, jesus. You are correct.

      Once everyone else got into the One-and-Done game we are just left with Cal’s coaching as a difference maker. Which as we have seen, isn’t good enough without far superior talent. Merely having better players isn’t enough to make up for Cal’s short comings.

      We’ll struggle this year, book it.



    • DelrayCat
      8:15 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      The biggest problem is not missing out on key recruits. The problem has been Cal not using ALL OF HIS ALLOTTED SCHOLARSHIPS. Having depth is the key to basketball. Guys get hurt. The season takes a toll mentally and physically and it is imperative to have a deep bench. Sure, some guys will barely play, but the core team will be better for it.



  26. BPatte
    10:59 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Hmmmmmm the experts were wrong again. A little tired of being led down the rose colored road! Or is it a blue colored toad?



  27. timtim1960
    11:07 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve heard a lot of these “ so called experts” , at ksr over the years. They don’t have a clue .



  28. makeitstop
    12:32 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Honestly I’m fine w this. I worried how he would affect chemistry coming in as a (second) grad transfer wanting to make his mark in one year, at the expense of EJ and Nick. Best guy on the transfer market, I know. But no draft takers. EJ had more draft interest. Chemistry is as important as adding one more talented guy. I like this team and if they develop, and the team chemistry is good like it was last year, we’ll look back at this and say thank God for unanswered prayers. Less is more in this case, if they stay healthy.



    • nocode96
      1:02 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Solid, and logical point.



    • mashburnfan1
      3:30 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Alot of good points but also alot of ifs. If EJ or Nick improve like PJ, If Hagans or Quickly improve, If a couple of the FR are as good as their rankings. If all those happen we will be in contention. Trouble is the FR have not lived up to their rankings of late. Hagans #1 PG did not play like it. Richards was #1 C and is a ghost. Need a couple of the FR to be top 10 picks, and EJ {I think he will} to really improve along with Hagans.



  29. TPACAT
    4:50 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Coward…



  30. Brad
    5:33 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    This is where I thought he was going all along. If it wasn’t them it was us. Experts all trying to guess to make us think they are actually experts…



  31. meeksfor3
    8:12 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry but I don’t seem him turning UF from a 16 loss team to a Final Four contender. If the last few years has proven it takes way more than 1 player to turn a program around.. Heck the greatest player to every play, according to ESPN and other “Experts” could take Duke to the Final Four and he had 2 other top 10 players. I am not sold that UF is going to be that great. They lost Allen and Hayes 2 of their best players. And lets face it they shot 42% as a team. They are a bunch of dudes who can’t shoot.



    • DelrayCat
      8:19 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      But they will be very experienced with a stud freshman, stud transfer, and a core team of guys who basically made it as far as we did last year. Don’t kid yourself..UF will be very very good with their very good young coach.



  32. Youngcat25
    9:13 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Everyone seems to forget that nick has only been playing basketball for a few years. It takes time to start playing for a few years then to go and play for the best basketball program