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UPDATE: Kerry Blackshear Jr. reportedly hosts John Calipari for an in-home visit (or did he?)

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

It looks like John Calipari is going all in on Kerry Blackshear Jr.

According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, the Kentucky head coach completed an in-home visit today with the parents of Virginia Tech grad transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr.

The 6’10” 250-pound post averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds in the 2018. A second team All-ACC selection that helped take Virginia Tech to the Sweet 16, Blackshear is leaving Blacksburg following Buzz Williams’ departure.

The highest-ranked grad transfer on the market according to ESPN, it’s not 100 percent certain that Blackshear will play college basketball next season. Last week he declared for the NBA Draft. He has until May 29 at midnight to decide if he wants to take a shot at the NBA or play one more season of college basketball elsewhere.

UPDATE (9:45 p.m. ET)

A few hours after Evans’ initial report, Adam Zagoria spoke to Kerry Blackshear Sr. Just like the first piece of news from this recruitment, that Kentucky had in fact reached out to Blackshear, the player’s father refuted the report.

You can read all of Blackshear’s Sr.’s comments here.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

77 Comments for UPDATE: Kerry Blackshear Jr. reportedly hosts John Calipari for an in-home visit (or did he?)

  1. ScottGreene22
    7:10 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink


  2. BCO
    7:11 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Must get

    • Irish son
      8:18 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Hope Duke doesn’t want him, or we’re toast

    • jimmer
      8:34 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Irish – I doubt he stays in ACC. I would guess VTech would rule that out.

    • Goose
      8:37 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Hate to say it but you are right. puke is now getting recruits that they are barely trying for…Cassius Stanley just surprised them with a commit and they weren’t even counting on this kid. It’s sickening but it’s reality.

    • abobicesaevior
      8:55 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      And still make embarrassing early exits from the tournament with by far the best talent. I guess K is just a recruiter

    • mashburnfan1
      10:06 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      and that recruiter only beat Cal, and his more experienced team, by 34. Sure hope K never learns to coach, he may beat us by 70.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:58 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      Slater and his alter egos are still butthurt. Suck it Slater.

    • StillBP
      7:09 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      yet if it were the other way around and UK beat Duke like that in Nov, mashburntipturd would be saying “the first game of the season means nothing.”

    • 4everUKblue
      7:14 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      And yet that recruiter only got out of the sweet 16 with the help of the refs…hmmm, kind of like the success that recruiter has had the last 4 seasons with the top talent in the country. Don’t even bother with that idiot BP, he’s a dUKe fan, not a UK fan.

    • makeitstop
      7:47 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      4Ever and BP, completely agree. And whining about Cassius Stanley is rich… Moore, Stanley and Ellis are all 20-40 level players. Nice players but exactly what trolls like FakeKyCat complain we are “left with” when we “swing and miss.” Honestly not worth the time to respond to him bc he genuinely is a fan of some other team and has nothing better to do that come whack the beehive and see who he can annoy.

  3. a21CATSfan
    7:17 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    But, but, but Evan Daniels said this was all media-driven. He’ll probably end up at dUKe and help them win their 4th straight November Championship! CATS

    • mashburnfan1
      8:04 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      He has not signed for UK yet and may play for neither. He could be our first none and done.

    • CouchCal
      11:32 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburn – I think enes was our first none and done.

    • CATandMONKEY
      6:10 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      He is very unlikely to play in the ACC.

    • makeitstop
      7:52 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      U don’t go from VaTech to UVa or Duke. It would be like transferring to UL. U would hv to want to be hated, and he knows u don’t get developed at Duke, the kid wants in the NBA, he’s going to make a business decision, and go where he will get the coaching and exposure and probably minutes to improve his game and his stock. KP and Cal hv a better pitch than anyone in that arena, apart from promising minutes. But the whining about losing him to Duke is crazy. He’s got a better chance of going to the NBA than Duke.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:18 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      Enes wasn’t allowed to play for us because we’re Kentucky and Emmert was mad because he chose us over Washington. More about the corrupt NCAA than anything else.

  4. JT55
    7:23 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    This would be a huge get. He would be a critical piece to next season. I’d take him over any of the freshman big guy recruits. Without him, UK will have a major hole in the frontcourt barring another transfer.

  5. mashman 93
    7:25 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Damn we need this kid!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!

  6. Headhurts
    7:33 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Reeling in Blackshear would make next year’s team complete.

  7. Bruce Dickinson
    7:34 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    I hope we get him, but he sounds too good for the nba to pass up on him.

    • Just saying
      9:07 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      He gone!

  8. KYCat4EVER
    7:45 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    So Coach PROCESS has altered from recruiting “ONE and DONE’s”….and is now adding a “GRAD or NBA LAD?” to his recruiting strategy

    • 4everUKblue
      8:01 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      What’s it to you? You’re not a Cat fan!

    • 4everUKblue
      8:04 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      You mad cause he’s not using Pitino’s underage hooker strategy?

    • mashburnfan1
      8:08 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      KYCat…I think it’s funny how Cal changes his stance when it may benefit him. When his buddy got fired after a transfer left and his team was garbage, this transfer thing was terrible for basketball, but he sure does not mind hurting these other coaches if it may help him. I get it, the rule is not his, but if he felt so strongly against it he should stick with it to show his friend the support.

    • Ez21
      9:57 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Are people not allowed to change their minds or have you stuck to ever dumb idea you’ve ever had? I’d say many of your dumb decisions you’ve made contributed to the loser you are so maybe you should try changing your mind every now and again.

    • ibescootch
      10:58 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburn, I really try to understand your points, but they’re always just weak. Like, this isn’t a game here, it’s Cal’s career, so why would he limit his chances to get a player for some romantic idea of supporting other coaches? He’s trying to win. I’m sure he wants all of his friends to be successful, but he doesn’t just let them beat his team, does he? Cal changes his approach because that’s what the system requires to be successful.

    • KYCat4EVER
      5:08 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON Mashburnfan1!

      It’s another indicator of how Coach PROCESS is reaching! From a National Championship perspective… Joe Hall and Tubby Smith now have a better winning percentage than this overrated and under achieving slickster!

      Notice how the final four participants ALL had maturity and experience on their rosters… and now… suddenly…

      “Mr. I’ll Take Talent over Experience Every Time” is backpedaling and seeking out more Reid Travis types! LOL…

      Of course it doesn’t help Coach PROCESS when he can’t get all the top youngsters anymore because his bench coaching is pitiful, or can’t beat teams Kentucky is supposed to beat…

      Coach Calipari will NEVER win another National Championship at Kentucky: our once storied program can’t even beat Tennessee or an Auburn team minus its best player!

      And thanks to our lousy and weak AD (Mitch Barnyard)… who can’t fire s coach or hire a coach, our Kentucky program is stuck at mediocrity until this huckster retires! LOL!

      SAD DAYS for our program… as it gets “pimped” to the NBA!

      GO BIG BLUE!

    • Bruce Dickinson
      8:09 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      So, what’s your point?

    • Nickerbocker05
      8:17 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Thank you Bruce! I thought it was just me who thought this mashburnfan1 was illiterate

    • nocode96
      8:52 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Everyone here thinks mashburnfan is a total idiot, with bigolblue cowering away in a basement, it’s only him and this kycat4ever punk left. Both are simply awful, they really don’t deserve responses their takes are so awful and idiotic.

    • Cletis75
      8:35 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Washburn, I think your funny. Like Bruiser Flint said, they are leaving no matter who comes recruiting. It’s about the kid doing what’s best for him. His coach left for Texas A&M, why shouldn’t he go where it benefits him? Perspective…. find some id!ot!

    • Cletis75
      8:40 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink


    • ClutchCargo
      9:34 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      trashburn struggles with the idea that someone could look at the facts and individual situations and reconsider a previously held opinion.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:52 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      as KYCAPSLOCK4EVER WOULD SAY, “SPOT ON” CLUTCH, NOCODE AND CLETIS! Those guys are both the most pathetic I’ve ever seen. Beginning to think they’re dating or married.

    • michaelb
      4:41 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

      I hate that guys comments . He writes them with big spaces between sentences like anyone cares

    • Look Out Fireworks
      11:07 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink


      Coach Process!!

      You guys are killi’n me!!


    • StillBP
      7:15 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      KYDOUCHE4EVER Do Tubby and Joe B have more championships than Cal? When we point out that Cal has a better winning percentage than other coaches you guys say only championships matter. You trolls are so pitiful. You try so hard but fail every time. Your winning percentage is worse than that slickster Cal.

    • makeitstop
      7:58 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      FakeKyCat: Ur unfixable. Ur comments are nonsense. Genuinely 100% nonsense. Not even good satire. Weenee was at least trying to be funny, I hope, he was so over the top but ur act is stale. Get a new handle a new writing style or go back to calling urself BoB. Bitching that Cal can’t coach bc he won’t adjust in games then complaining he has adjusted his recruiting to get grad students should be patently obviously contradictory and mutually exclusive positions, but I wonder if u get that? Name an AD u like, u attack Mitch all the time despite all the empirical evidence he’s among the best in the country, so apart from name calling, who’s ur guy? JURICH?

  9. rainman
    7:45 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t think it would be crazy saying, if he were on this years team, we would have a lot better shot at cutting the nets down!

  10. VirginiaCat
    8:25 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    I think it is absolutely critical that UK land this kid (if he doesn’t go pro), both for the team and for Cal. We need a player with excellent skills AND experience to anchor the team. Cal needs him to silence criticism that he has lost his recruiting mojo. It’s a win-win. We could use one or two additional players, but the key is Blackshear. I am sure that Cal is pulling out the stops on this one and I hope he is successful.

  11. Cats79
    8:26 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    He could benefit just as much Travis did. But we shall see how this works out.

    • Just saying
      9:08 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Travis is not even in the Top 100 Draft Picks. He really benefited! Struggles against length.

    • vandzandz
      11:26 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      What was he before this season? Would guarantee a lot lower

    • mashburnfan1
      10:17 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Pay no attention to those rankings just saying. Ask anyone on here, Travis is a top 20 player because he played a year for Cal and only Cal can develop guys for the NBA. Only reason Morant did so well, went from a no star recruit to top 5 pick, he is in the same state as Cal. That Murray St coach had nothing to do with it, Morant had nothing to do with it. Why is Zion number 1 pick….you got it….Cal recruited him and made him a better player..

    • CATandMONKEY
      6:15 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      Mash is that kid who is always wrong, constantly put in his place, who continues to show up at the playground.

      The amazing thing- he REALLY believes the sh!t that comes out of his keyboard.

      There is no doubt that if Mash could have chosen his own parents, he would pick Pitino and K. Since that didn’t work out-
      Now he will have to hope he runs into one of the two in a public rest stop bathroom.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:16 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      C&M if his parents could have seen into the future they likely would have committed suicide.

  12. Smyrna_Cat
    8:32 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Not sure I would say this is “All In.” Hasn’t Cal and lots of in-home visits with players?

    • makeitstop
      7:01 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      I had the same reaction – that’s a little hyperbolic. “Interested” yes, but “all in?” If Cal is “all in” he normally scores.

  13. Ridge Runner
    8:33 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Fingers & Toes Crossed!

  14. 1611Cat
    8:39 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    IF we can land KBJ and somehow sign one more guard and then EJ & Nick come back, we could be looking at a very special season.

  15. dcforuk
    9:02 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    IF ifs and buts were candies and nuts we could have one heckuva party!

  16. RoarFor22
    9:12 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Give me Blackshear over Hurt all day. Will be a better player for sure AND has experience

  17. Glock
    9:14 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    He is THE most important piece to next yrs team

    • mashburnfan1
      10:20 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      All are, we have no idea what we will have. The guards coming back must improve, their current level of play will not give us a chance. The Bigs {EJ and Nick} ditto. The FR you never know, last few classes have been ok but not nearly good enough to win a title. Will this class have 1 or 2 FR that play like top 10 picks, if so and all others improve we got a chance. That is a lot of ifs though.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:23 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      This idiot was just talking a lot about ifs on a piece about Pitino the other day, but today it doesn’t suit his argument. He, like BigolSlaterMedic, likes to talk about performing sexual acts with parts of the male anatomy. That tells you a lot about this jackal and what he likes, he may be another one of Slater’s accounts, his comments are definitely not worth even reading.

    • Glock
      10:45 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      Who are you talking about?

  18. Ez21
    9:59 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    We still need another guard that can knock down open 3s with consistency.

    • friendsofcoal
      10:24 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      I think Green and Baker both made bad decisions.

    • dcforuk
      11:18 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Quickley and Maxey

    • Ez21
      6:17 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      That’s 2 players and Quickley won’t even start. In college you have to have someone on each wing capable of knocking down open shots and preferably at the pg spot too unless you have an MKG who is unstoppable penetrating.

    • dcforuk
      7:07 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      That’s one formula. 2012 Teague was under 33% from three

  19. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:25 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    Which is more relevant now, Kentucky basketball or Notre Dame football? Neither has any chance to win a national title again, but at least Notre Dame made the playoff.

    • StillBP
      7:19 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      They made one playoff recently? That’s cute, how many times have the Cats made the FF? Comedy is not your strong suit.

    • makeitstop
      8:07 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      I realize the experts disagree – they believe UK has an excellent t chance of making the FF, and are one of the early betting favorites among people who, unlike u, who put their money where their mouth is. We currently are the favorite on OddsShark. In football, ND is about 10th. I’d say both are pretty “relevant”. Buffoon.

    • makeitstop
      8:09 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

      BP – why do we bother responding. As Huey Long once said “don’t bother me w facts, my mind’s made up.” Cahill and FakeKyCat are our Huey Long contingent.

    • dcforuk
      2:59 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

      It is because impression without expression leads to depression and when you hear unreasonable and arguably uneducated statements you just feel overly compelled to express the frustration you feel and believe with such unreasonableness and uneducated and blamestorming expressions……

  20. BigJohnC
    7:22 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    I hope we get this guy but he could very well be one to the NBA. He has the athleticism and motor

  21. jmilburn
    8:55 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    To all the Kentucky fans on here stop bashing Calipari and say hes not a good coach!! Now he might not be a great IN GAME COACH!! But if you want to succeed in the NBA KENTUCKY gives you by far the best chance to succeed!! I am truly confused why these players are going to Duke bc if you look at all the Duke players in the NBA only a handful are succeeding! Also what players need to look at is the second contract as well I dont see many ex-Dukes signing a huge second contract if at all!! Kentucky will prepare you for the NBA that is facts so something just doesn’t seem right!! I really think Calipari either got black balled from NCAA where they are paying players to go to Duke and giving them more incentives. I know for a fact Zion got something, also Wendell Carter excepted benefits as well facts!! I can go all the way back to the Corey Maggettee Days so why has Duke not got in trouble why are they allowed to cheat and pay players and if UK does anything and i mean anything incorrect they are quick to get at Calipari!! I want an answer as to why Duke is allowed to cheat they are like the New England Patriots of college basketball without the Championships lol!! If Kentucky and Duke came to you and you wanted to excel in the NBA the common sense choice is Kentucky they will prepare you for the NBA like no other school and if you want proof just pull up stats the past 10 years of each player and compare how many players are excelling at the highest level and see how many Duke and Kentucky players their are you will be surprised by Kentuckyt is by far and away succeeding and Duke will only succeed if the players is like a Tatum or Zion and they were already that good before they got to college! One more thing look at how much Kentucky players improved on def throughout the year and then look at how the Duke players improved?? Dont you see Duke players regress and Kentucky players Just get better facttttttss!!

  22. satcheluk
    9:29 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    Coach K’s luster will fade with the top 10 recruits as their track record in the NBA falls compared to UKs on and dones.

  23. dctawk
    10:06 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    Like it or not, KB is the get we need.

    10:41 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    That’s right Cal!!! I see what you doing! Same thing with Reid Travis. Get the media buzz going that he’s looking at us and only us, he really is only talking to us, let him be engulfed in the BBN effect, and around June 4th, will get our commitment or sooner after he tries the NBA combine. I’ll take a proven all ACC big or wing over any freshmen besides the top 5 in this class. Need McDaniels too but I think he’s honestly waiting for what Richards and Montgomery does. But probably ends up in Washington or SDSU

  25. chris43
    12:43 pm April 23, 2019 Permalink

    We need to seal the deal on this guy quick! He’d be an awesome addition to the team and instant starter.