After entering his name in the 2019 NBA Draft and NCAA transfer portal last month
, Kerry Blackshear announced on Instagram that he will be withdrawing from the 2019 NBA Draft but will be remaining in the NCAA transfer portal.
The odds of Blackshear returning to college basketball seemed 50-50 with there being plenty of reason for him to cash in at the professional level with his coach gone and degree in hand. However, Blackshear has decided to return to the collegiate level for one final season to develop his game while also continuing to pursue a Master's Degree.
Blackshear was impressive as a junior averaging 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 29.9 minutes per game while shooting 50.8% from the field, 33.3% from three-point range, and 73.6% from the free-throw line. Blackshear's best came during ACC play without Justin Robinson and because of that, the Orlando native earned All-ACC Second Team honors for the first time in his career.
Even with much of last year's team and almost all of the coaching staff at Texas A&M, Virginia Tech should still have a good chance at keeping Blackshear especially given how VT can feature Blackshear for a full season, something that could help his draft stock now that he should be more on the radar for NBA scouts. Additionally, even with a different coaching staff, Virginia Tech still offers Blackshear the type of familiarity in terms of facilities and environment that are likely high on his list of priorities for his final season of college basketball.
Florida and Kentucky have been two teams linked the most with Blackshear and both have plenty of reason to believe they can add Blackshear. Kentucky speaks for itself but the Wildcats could feature Blackshear as they did PJ Washington in a loaded backcourt while John Calipari has had success recruiting high-major grad transfers like Reid Travis when he transferred from Stanford to Kentucky.
Florida has the advantage of being close to home and having a solid roster that can compete at a high level while still featuring Blackshear in a major role. Additionally, there could be some family interest, including from Kerry Blackshear himself, to play in his home state with his brother Kenan Blackshear set to begin his collegiate career at Florida Atlantic
At this point, it still remains uncertain where Kerry Blackshear will end up but whoever lands or keeps Blackshear will be getting a potential All-American and first team all-conference player.
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