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.
Sources: Kerry Blackshear, the best available transfer, isn’t expected to take any more official visits. The growing thought is he’s extremely close to announcing his decision, which could come as early as Sunday.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 22, 2019
With Corey Evans of Rivals.com 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.
I have ZERO personal knowledge of where Kerry Blackshear will go to school
However I have spoken to a number of national folks this morning who claim to have sources on him….they believe Tennessee leads
I guess we shall see….
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 22, 2019
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…