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Report: Kerry Blackshear is leaning toward the NBA Draft

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

As Jaden McDaniels’ fluid recruitment takes one unexpected turn after another, Kerry Blackshear Jr.’s camp has remained quiet.

The Virginia Tech forward has multiple options to consider. The top-ranked transfer on the college basketball market according to ESPN, Blackshear Jr. could attend any school he wants. He also could keep his name in the NBA Draft. Blackshear Jr. was not one of 66 players invited to the NBA Combine, but Rivals’ Corey Evans believes the All-ACC forward is leaning toward staying in the draft.

“Sources have told that Blackshear seems to be leaning toward keeping his name in the NBA Draft. 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.”

If you recall, Evans was the first person to report Blackshear’s camp contacted John Calipari. The Cats would likely be the team to beat, followed by Florida, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Blackshear Jr. has until May 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft.



Article written by Nick Roush

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

4 Comments for Report: Kerry Blackshear is leaning toward the NBA Draft

  1. Han
    11:42 am May 14, 2019 Permalink

    So if Blackshear stays in, McDaniels goes to Washington, and one or both of Richards and Montgomery stay in, does anyone know of a liquor store next door to a pitchfork emporium?

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    11:52 am May 14, 2019 Permalink

    No surprises here. Imagine, all of the hype for nothing if this holds true.

  3. RealCatsFan
    12:24 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    In other words, his posse of leaches and hangers on, along with some unscrupulous agents looking for their cut, have made inroads into convincing him to stay in the draft even though he will probably end up late in the 2nd round and ultimately peter out in 2 years and end up playing for some country no one can pronounce. I’ve seen this movie before.

  4. VirginiaCat
    1:41 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    If McDaniels eschews Kentucky and Blackshear stays in the draft or goes to another college team, next year promises to be a repeat of last year. Lots of wins against cupcakes, a handful of wins against credible competition, and an exit from the tournament before getting to the FF. Truly hope that I am wrong, but I have seen this scenario a lot in recent years. As to McDaniels, I sense that there may be enough red flags to warrant concern. Give me Blackshear over McDaniels every time.

    As I have said before, the new rules regarding agents is concerning. My take is that agents will sway guys like Blackshear to stay in the draft when they might be better off playing another year in college. Agents aren’t going to make money if players don’t stay in the draft.