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REPORT: There is “major” mutual interest between Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Kentucky

Glenn Beil | USA TODAY Sports

Glenn Beil | USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. is expected to officially visit Kentucky on Tuesday.

And if the UK coaching staff has it their way, he won’t be leaving Lexington without signing on the dotted line.

According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, the same reporter to break the Blackshear visit news last night, said that there is “major” mutual interest and Kentucky is confident they can land the 6-foot-11 forward during the visit.

KSR has confirmed Weingarten’s original report that Blackshear Jr. is expected to be in Lexington for an official visit starting tomorrow evening. I will have more on Kentucky’s growing confidence in landing the top graduate transfer on the market in this week’s edition of Pilgrim’s Insider Notes, which will be published tomorrow around lunchtime.

Blackshear, a Second-Team All-ACC selection last season, averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He also led the Hokies with 28 blocked shots and ranked third with 83 assists.

Before his visit to Kentucky, Blackshear visited Florida, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Bring him home, Coach Cal.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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32 Comments for REPORT: There is “major” mutual interest between Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Kentucky



  1. UKBigBlueForever
    7:04 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Fingers crossed



  2. UKBigBlueForever
    7:05 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Would be an amazing versatile get



  3. a21CATSfan
    7:13 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    I hope he commits, because I will never forget that he averaged almost 15 and 8 his last season at Virginia Tech. CATS



  4. KyCats8x
    7:36 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    I feel a title coming



    • Ridge Runner
      8:49 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

      Chances would increase by a huge margin.. yessiree



  5. beauleonard
    7:36 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    He will not play with a better backcourt, of that I’m certain.



  6. wildcatfever2381
    7:42 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    This could make the team very special!!!



  7. nocode96
    7:48 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Big, if true



  8. Kojohnson
    7:51 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t know how I feel about this one. I really want EJ and Nick to get alot of minutes.



    • Cokely53
      8:11 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      You want to turn down a better player so other guys get more playing time? For development reasons I’m guessing? That’s fair. I believe the best way for them to get better is to play against better players consistently like Blackshear.



    • JT55
      9:21 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      He is better than EJ and Nick. He would make the team elite, and probably average around 12-15 points per game. You’reentitled to your opinion, but dont be rediculous.



    • IrishCat
      9:24 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      Playing time for Nick and EJ would still be there’s to take, at least one would be starting anyway. If somebody gets left out my guess is it’s Sestina.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:01 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      Please tell us that this was the best sarcasm on KSR yet, for 2019



  9. Swizzle
    7:52 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    So thats what a scholarship offer is, an interested school? I had no idea.



  10. humboldt24
    8:04 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Is anyone worried this might make us too talent-rich?

    PG: Hagans
    SG: Maxey
    SF: Whitney
    PF: Blackshear
    C: Montgomery

    6: Quickley
    7: Richards
    8: Brooks
    9: Juzang
    10: Sestina
    11: Allen

    Almost feels like another platoon year…



    • ukkatzfan
      8:29 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      To much talent, too much money and too much fun are songs of a sad sack.



    • JoeMoney333
      8:07 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

      Did you just try and compare this to the 2014-15 team… But negatively?



  11. mashman 93
    8:05 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Oh man.



  12. DelrayCat
    8:10 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    If he commits, I’m guessing Sestina begins to have second thoughts.



    • ukkatzfan
      8:30 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      He will be one of 4 bigs for 2 positions. Plenty of PT to go around.



  13. BobbyBlue
    8:40 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    If he commits I have long wondered if EJ will have second thoughts and is it too late to transfer



    • sharpshooter81
      8:48 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      If EJ transfers he sits out a year and postpones his NBA dreams by another year too.



    • UKinMKY
      8:49 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      At least outwardly, EJ and Nick have both taken the “trust in Cal” point of view. Don’t see EJ in particular taking issue. Nick, maybe.



    • ukkatzfan
      8:54 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      One of 4 bigs for 2 positions. Plenty of pt to go around.



  14. bigblue98
    8:59 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Would be awesome get. If Nick and EJ want to play step up. Best players get on the court. If they work hard and improve then they’ll play. If not then it’s on them.



  15. sincitycat
    9:28 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    If he comes it would give us twenty fouls for out front court and much needed depth.



  16. LVCAT
    11:33 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

    Blackshear has done his due diligence by looking at other schools. UK is the best road map to four a final four and to be a NBA lottery pick. UK fans will love Blackshear’s game and Blackshear will love UKs coaching preparedness and playing in a game by game atmosphere that cant be matched.



  17. Urincatland
    3:47 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

    If I were him, no way would I consider Texas A&M. Buzz couldn’t get him into the NBA lottery!! Guarantee, if he comes to Kentucky he’ll be a lottery pick next year. He’ll be on National Television every game and will be in the spotlight playing in front of 20,000 plus fans every game.. Let’s go Blackshear sign that dotted line and win a National Championship. Come join The BBN Family! Go Cats!



  18. runningunnin.454
    5:03 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

    Anybody got a pen?



  19. michaelb
    4:08 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

    Yes 15 & 8 and that silly pic of him will forever be burned in our heads even if he doesn’t come to ky. Idk how you guys are so solid in the rotation of who’s starting and who’s gonna be good in the post . Virtually non of our guys have earned any trust from coach to this point. For all we know sestina could be better than the forward we have . Maybe not but we need ths guys . We’re not stacked in the post like other ppl would lead you to believe on here



  20. somerset bill
    5:45 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

    This may have been discussed, but I didn’t realize until now that the Pac-12 All-Conference team has 10 on the first team while the ACC has five on each team. So, Blackshear’s second team status is on the same level as Reid’s first team status, except that it is for a much stronger conference.



    • TheMaxCat
      7:47 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

      He has 1 year left. He can go to the Mecca of college hoops, practice against other future NBA players and give himself the best chance of getting to a FF and playing in the league. Fla. is a FB school and White has put no one in the league. Ark. – Please! Tn. nice team, tourney underachievers and lost the nucleus of their team, aka won’t be in a ff next year and is still pretty much a fb school. That leaves a coach who coached in the NBA and who has had great success putting players in the league and making ncaa tourney runs. Go Cats, bring him home Cal!