“Sources have told Rivals.com that Blackshear seems to be leaning toward keeping his name in the NBA Draft,” he said. “While he may go undrafted, the feeling is that he would be OK spending a year in the G-League instead of spending next year at a new college program.”
One week later, I continue to feel that the NBA route is still the most likely for the Virginia Tech product. He has already developed and thrived at the college level, he turned into a key player in the ACC, and he made a splash in the NCAA Tournament this past season.
In fact, he touched on that in an interview yesterday.
At the Professional Basketball Combine, Blackshear told reporters that he “wants to see where he can take” his opportunity at the event and in future NBA pre-draft workouts.
“I feel like each season I’ve grown and I was fortunate to play on a really good team,” he said. “They helped me place myself in a position where I can try out for this opportunity and I wanted to take advantage of it and see where I can take it.”
He also added that it’s “exciting” to be able to work toward his NBA dreams.
“Everybody’s approach is different,” the Virginia Tech forward said. “There is a fine line between making it and not being able to have that opportunity. Everybody is working towards something so much bigger than where we are now so it’s exciting to be a part of.”
Unlike Reid Travis last offseason, who had never played for a contender in his entire career, Blackshear Jr. has checked a lot of the boxes college basketball players have on their respective lists. He could be dying to compete for a championship and feel the need to give it one last shot, but he certainly seems to be enjoying the idea of trying to reach his NBA dreams sooner rather than later.
College programs, including Kentucky, will continue to recruit him until he makes a final decision, but I’d put my money on the 6-foot-11 prospect keeping his name in the draft.