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Tennessee seems to be trending as the pick for Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Glenn Beil | USA TODAY Sports

Glenn Beil | USA TODAY Sports

This morning, Evan Daniels of 247Sports broke the news that Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr.’s recruitment was wrapping up sooner rather than later. With no more visits planned, the 6-foot-11 forward could make his decision as early as Sunday.

With Corey Evans of telling the Lexington Herald-Leader that it was likely down to Kentucky and Tennessee on Friday afternoon and that the Wildcats were in a “great spot” for Blackshear, news of a decision coming just four days after leaving campus is great news, right?

Well, not exactly.

Not long after Daniels posted his update, Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader reported that Kentucky was looking “less likely” for the top graduate transfer in the nation.

“The Herald-Leader was told Saturday morning that Kentucky is now looking less likely to be the destination for Blackshear, who visited UK earlier in the week but has also taken recruiting trips to Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas this month,” he said.

And then KSR’s own Matt Jones wrote on Twitter that national recruiting analysts are telling him that Tennessee is, in fact, leading.

When asked about any potential additions to the roster during a press conference this morning, John Calipari immediately turned his focus to EJ Montgomery’s return and how he expects to see a PJ Washington-esque jump for the Wildcat forward in year two.

A bit later, Jerry Tipton asked yet another question about another piece being added, with Calipari responding that the team will be “fine” either way.

“We’re good,” he said. “If we add, fine. If we don’t, we’re good.”

Doesn’t exactly sound like someone who is expecting a commitment from the top graduate transfer in the country this weekend…


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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53 Comments for Tennessee seems to be trending as the pick for Kerry Blackshear Jr.

  1. BCO
    12:05 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Dang. If true, been a lot of optimistism about top recruits (and now tranfers) lately. Sucks. We need this kid badly if were gonna be the favorite to cut the nets next spring. Hope he chooses blue!

  2. UKinMKY
    12:08 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    If he picks Tennessee, guess all the scuttlebutt about how he wants to go for a chip above all else was meaningless. Even Florida would be a better contender than Tenn.

    • Luether
      4:36 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      This is about KB. He’ll definitely be a greater part of the Team at Tenn than at Ky…

    • IrishCat
      5:29 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      But he’d be a focal point at Florida or MSU as well, and actually have a chance to make a run in the tourney. I agree that if he picks UT, winning a title must not actually be his agenda.

  3. runningunnin.454
    12:11 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Yep, he just must like orange, LOL.
    If UT gets him, they may actually make it to the 2nd round of the ncaa tournament.

  4. nocode96
    12:13 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    I hope this kid does what’s best for him, even if it’s not UK. My only hangup in all this is him wanting to go to a contender. Tennessee won’t be a contender next year with or without him. So I guess my question is: Was all this stuff about him wanting to go to the place where he has the best odds to cut down nets and improve draft stock coming from him and/or his family directly? Or, was this just something we all assumed was important to him?

  5. jim tom
    12:18 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Moving on. Don’t need him. Have enough players already

    • 4everUKblue
      12:24 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, thanks Billy Ray Jim Bob.

    • dave1964
      2:12 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Lol we don’t have enough without him Richards is horrible, he will foul out before the first half of every game.

    • nocode96
      3:28 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink


  6. njcat54
    12:21 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    The place where he has the best chance of cutting down nets -> KY

    The places where he will get more minutes to show NBA execs what he can do -> TN & FL

    • UKinMKY
      12:29 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      He showed execs plenty in 4 years at VA Tech. He’ll improve going against our frontcourt in practice, not to mention having Cal in his corner come draft time. Think he needs to take a good look at what happened with PJ.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:56 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      He averaged 30 min/game at VT; I doubt he really wants more than that .Reid Travis averaged 28 min/game.Certainly comparable.
      The advantage at UK will be more competition on a daily basis, and Cal and Kenny Payne in his corner.
      Also, more national TV coverage at UK, and the fact that he would play before only two sold out arenas…both vs UK.

  7. KYjellyRoll
    12:24 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Idk if he wants to have a shot at a championship why would he go to UT. Less exposure, less talent to make him better in practice. Don’t get it

  8. 4everUKblue
    12:26 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Recruits all say a lot of things that sound good but in the end it seems like it almost always comes down to playing time.

    • Ridge Runner
      9:37 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      So true..

  9. BigBlue4EverUK
    12:27 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    He is a below average player, don’t really need him. Only good out of it would add depth on bench.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:30 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Remember when you posted this?

      BigBlue4EverUK June 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm
      No we didn’t have any Lottery players this year… I say from pick 15 to end of Round 1 they will be taken.

  10. andersonwhitehall
    12:32 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Tennessee does not even have a scholarship available to offer Blackshear. If he comes they will have to take someone’s scholarship away.

  11. BlueByYou
    12:42 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    These guys are posting the trending pick just to generate clicks. Just hang on and wait and see what he decides and respect whatever his decision is. We are fine either way. No since slamming the kid based on someone that probably is not in the know saying he may go here or there.

  12. mashman 93
    12:50 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    The kid should do what’s best for him and if that is Tennessee so be it. GO BIG BLUE!

  13. 4everUKblue
    12:54 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Here’s what a UT fan posted on their fansite, LMAO!

    Kerry, UK fans are spoiled pretenders.

    When you have that inevitable bad game, they will all scream they could have played better than you.

    TN fans will rejoice and suffer with you as you head off toward those championships just ahead. You are safe here among us perpetual optimists. We savagely dismember our perpetual pessimists. 🙂

    Remember: Coach Barnes just sent three to the NBA!
    Go Blackshear – Go Vols.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:12 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      What championships just ahead? LOL.
      Regular season championships, UK 49, UT 10.
      SEC tournament championships, UK 31, UT 4.
      I’ve lost count of all of UT’s national basketball championships. Somebody help me out?

    • 4everUKblue
      1:35 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink


    • ukcamel
      3:10 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Someone might want to tell Cuonzo Martin about Tennessee’s perpetual optimism.

  14. peaches76
    1:03 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Or possibly he just got drafted by the Cavaliers??

  15. Smyrna_Cat
    1:18 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    WHAT!!! You mean everyone on here is premature in their celebration!!! NO WAY!! Jack is always right, and he already wrote this down!

    WHO TO TRUST! I am so confused! This is all mad! I hope there is another post in 30 minutes to explain this all!! Again.And Again.

  16. Smyrna_Cat
    1:19 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Perhaps everyone is just getting clicks, and Blackshear is taking a nap?

  17. StuckinLville
    1:20 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Truth is, no one but Kerry and his family know what he’s going to do. If he’s serious about developing his game and competing for a championship, he knows where to go. If he is simply looking to just be the man and not extend his game, then pumpkin orange it is. But if he was looking to just be the man, why not stay at VTech? It’s funny though Vols fans talking about having 3 picks. When was their last pick?

    • runningunnin.454
      1:43 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      UT has had 10 picks in the modern NBA draft format. This year was the first time they had 3 picks in the 2 round format since ’89. They had 3 picks previously in ’50 and ’77.
      Last NBA picks were Josh Richardson in 2015, 2nd round #40, and
      Jarnell Stokes in 2014, 2nd round #35.

    • Carcrook
      5:50 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      What about Tobias Harris?

  18. MacAssassin123
    1:23 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    I heard is he is probably headed back to VT. Or he is going to UT.

  19. VirginiaCat
    1:38 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    I hope the latest “news” is wrong and that he is heading to Kentucky. If not, it is tantamount to Cal being dealt a full house–aces over kings– and losing out to other programs that were dealt the equivalent of a pair of deuces. Seriously, Cal has all the advantages in this competition. Perhaps Cal should have stayed home while Blackshear was in town, rather than jetting off to the NBA draft. That said, I think Kentucky has too many pluses to lose him to another program.

    • catsarerunnin
      1:51 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      You’ll live.

    • KatFan48
      3:06 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Where is BigolBlue aka lilolchicken when you need him to sing harmony to your whining. Just this once Virginia because there is a Santa Claus I will help you. THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING

  20. blueblue
    1:45 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    This kind of last minute information, when it’s accurate, doesn’t usually leak out until the day of the announcement. If it’s UT for sure, why wait until tomorrow? Just make the call today. So we still need to just wait and see what he chooses. Go BigBlue!!!

  21. Headhurts
    1:54 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Coach Barnes gave him the (I coached Kevin Durant story). Life’s about decisions we make, if he really wants a deep run next season, and it’s down to Tenn/ KY? KERRY, look at Cals record next to Ricks record, it’s that easy

  22. blueblue
    2:36 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    If you think about the last line of Matt’s tweet “I guess we shall see…” that implies that Matt doubts what the national guys are saying this morning. JMO

  23. Smyrna_Cat
    2:38 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    I am predicting we will have many more posts and clicks before this ends.

    • mashburnfan1
      3:18 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      A few hours ago it was UK. Wait a few more hours it will be UF. Tonight it will be A&M. Sun morning it will be UK. Here is an idea….why don’t we just wait till he announces?

  24. Iwant9
    3:12 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Dang Jack, thought it was a done deal and UTee wasn’t even in the picture…? Huh

  25. chardun20
    3:36 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Some guys on here act as if Blackshear is Anthony Davis or something. Blackshear is a good college player, but not earth shattering. However, I hope he comes to UK.

  26. RoarFor22
    4:01 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    If he wants to go to UT he honestly might as well just stay at VT. UT won’t make a run for a national championship or even an SEC championship next year. I guess all the news saying he wanted to play for a team that would give him an opportunity for a deep run in March was false and he just wanted to be the man all along if he picks UT. Oh well. I like my team!!!

  27. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:51 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    It’s unfortunate that Tennessee owns Kentucky in football and now basketball.

    • StillBP
      11:15 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Hahaha um yeah ok

    • 4everUKblue
      11:34 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      mashbum is that you?

    • Voice of Reason
      2:37 am June 23, 2019 Permalink

      Vols: Dog vomit orange and zero championships in basketball. Last NCAA football championship was what, 47 years ago? Stfu

  28. season-3-disc-2
    5:30 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Haha KSR is a joke when it comes to bb recruiting anymore. So much false information printed as well as Clickbait not even talking about all of the pop-ups you have to deal with just to get information that is contradicted in another post 15 minutes later, And yeah before anybody says anything I know I don’t have to come here and I don’t have to read them but there was a day when it was not like that when all of the information you got here was good information. Almost seems like it’s turned into a giant message board full of people creating post just to find out what kind of comments they get.

  29. LVCAT
    7:44 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Since everybody is making predictions then make your own since anybody’s guess would be as good as the experts. Here are my top 3.

    1. UK provides every thing he needs.
    2. VA Tech familiarity to school and surrounding area and the ACC.
    3. Texas A&M Coach. Also, why would he have to take a recruiting trip?

    Vols doesn’t make sense especially if they have to drop a scholarship to add him.

  30. Voice of Reason
    2:35 am June 23, 2019 Permalink

    Rick Barnes’ recruiting pitch: “If you go to UK you’ll have to work harder than you ever have just to get on the floor. Come here and start, take all the shots you want, and get evaluated by NBA scouts when we play against them.”

    Worked for Ben Simmons, who clearly had no interest in an NCAA championship.

  31. Swizzle
    11:42 am June 23, 2019 Permalink

    So he meant play for a NIT championship?