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Today on KSR: Kerry Blackshear Jr. visits Kentucky

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

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Good morning, BBN! Rise and shine!

Today marks the official start of “Kerry Blackshear Jr. Watch,” as the top graduate transfer in the nation is expected to be on campus starting this afternoon.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. visits

Blackshear, a 6-foot-11 forward out of Orlando, FL, has already taken visits to Florida, Arkansas, and Tennessee since withdrawing from the NBA Draft.

Now, the Virginia Tech grad transfer is headed to Lexington for what could be his very last visit before making a decision.

In fact, the Kentucky coaching staff feels there is a chance the talented big man won’t leave without signing on the dotted line.

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

In case you forgot what Blackshear is capable of, take a look at his highlights below:

We’ll have more on the big decision in Pilgrim’s Insider Notes here in just a few hours.

The NBA Draft is in two days

At the University of Kentucky, there are two graduation dates. The first comes in early May when players walk across the stage at Rupp Arena and earn their diplomas. And then we have graduation No. 2 in June, where former Wildcat walk across the stage at the NBA Draft to shake the hand of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and put on the hat of their new team.

The latter is set to happen in just two days.

Yesterday afternoon, Kentucky head coach John Calipari took to Twitter to let everyone know what he thought of his players moving on to the next level:

If you know me, you know I don’t like to look in the rearview mirror very much, but I’m sitting here this morning thinking about graduation day later this week. It marks the end of our season. We won 30 games and were an overtime game away from the Final Four. Individual players grew all season.

During the season it’s about our team. Once it’s over, it’s about those kids, and now we’ve got another group of players who are about to have their dreams come true. I’m proud that our kids have gone into that league prepared mentally to compete at the highest level. It’s obvious they have.

I can remember talking about (Jamal Murray) and (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) in recent years on the impact they would have. I was pretty on point. Now we’ve got three guys in the green room, and I’m telling you, when we look back next year, we’re going to see the impact they had on the teams they’re drafted by. In most cases, our players overdeliver on their draft position over a period of time, and I expect this draft class to do the same.

And let me say this: If you have a young team, you should take (Reid Travis). You talk about a professional who can make a difference, Reid is that guy. He’s physically ready to play in that league and he’s a great locker room guy.

All three Wildcats are expected to fall in the middle of the first round, with two of them potentially landing in the late-lottery.

Here’s a roundup of the latest mocks, with previous positions listed in parentheses.

PJ Washington

Tyler Herro

Keldon Johnson

ESPN Top 100 16 18 19
ESPN (Updated 6/17) 13. Miami (13) 14. Boston (16) 18. Indiana (23)
The Athletic (Updated 6/15) 18. Indiana (18) 15. Detroit (15) 22. Boston (22)
Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/17) 12. Charlotte (13) 13. Miami (14) 15. Detroit (15)
Matt Norlander (Updated 6/17) 17. Atlanta (17) 14. Boston (14) 20. Boston (20)
Gary Parrish (Updated 6/15) 13. Miami (13) 15. Detroit (15) 19. San Antonio (19)
Kyle Boone (Updated 6/17) 17. Atlanta (11) 16. Orlando (16) 20. Boston (25)

Monday was move-in day for the Kentucky football freshmen

Kentucky football’s impressive recruiting class for 2019 has officially arrived on campus.

The official UK football Twitter account released a video of Monday’s move-in festivities, Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman and defensive coordinator Brad White helped the newest Wildcats get situated in their respective dorm rooms.

Take a look:

Welcome to Lexington, fellas. Now it’s time to get to work.

KSR in an hour

One of your favorite days of the year for the KSR radio show is finally here.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Kentucky football coaching staff is set to host the show, with Vince Marrow taking complete control for the entire first hour. The Big Dog will be bringing guests with him from his side of the ball, including an appearance from star wide receiver Lynn Bowden.

From there, defensive coordinator Brad White will take over for Marrow as the show’s host in the second hour. White will have Kash Daniel by his side for some of the show, along with a few other special guests throughout the hour.

UK head coach Mark Stoops will also join the program at some point to make sure his assistants and his players are on their best behavior.

You won’t want to miss it.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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10 Comments for Today on KSR: Kerry Blackshear Jr. visits Kentucky

  1. dave1964
    9:23 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

    He is the difference of UK having a ok season or a very good one.

  2. StuckinLville
    9:28 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

    I watched Blackshear a few times this past season but didn’t realize his range. We definitely need him. We could have two bigs out there stretching the floor.

  3. J-Dub421
    10:16 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

    I would love to get Blackshear. Go get him Cal!

  4. KYjellyRoll
    10:50 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

    Cal could really put this guy in a great position to be a first round pick next year, his footwork is awesome. Has good hands a passing skills looks like. His shot is a little different because there’s really no jump to his jump shot, but if it works for him then it’s whatever. Most of his work would be done 15’ and closer. Could be a huge addition.

    • IrishCat
      12:05 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

      Completely agree. Low elevation on his 3’s doesn’t matter as a big, since he really only needs to take them when they leave him alone out there.

    11:49 am June 18, 2019 Permalink

    I’m anxious to hear how Blackshear’s visit goes. I hope Cal can get a commitment before the end of the visit. I’m excite, but not getting my hopes up yet. Having Blackshear and EJ on the floor together would really stretch a defense.

  6. IrishCat
    12:03 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

    Blackshear finishes through contact like the veteran he is. Given his ability to step out, I’m surprised he wasn’t at least a second round pick. Come on down and get some time in the spotlight, fella.

    • BobbyBlue
      12:55 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

      How was this guy not a first round pick ?
      Do your magic, Cal !

  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    1:17 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

    I believe Cal can get him but it may come down to Travis. If he suprises the talking heads and gets drafted early enough it would probably get Blackshear here, if he doesn’t go as soon as Blackshear would like or at all then he may feel he has a decision to make.

    • StuckinLville
      1:32 pm June 18, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t think all that matters. He has 3 inches on Travis. He will sign today.