Virginia Tech star forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. has decided to leave the Hokies and play somewhere else as a graduate transfer. Fortunately for the Hokies, they probably won’t have to deal with him coming back and beating them in the ACC.
According to basketball writer Chris Dortch, Blackshear is set to make his final choice from three SEC teams: Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Earlier this month he paid a visit to Arkansas, though some have speculated he might go to Memphis.
Per Saturday Down South, Blackshear has yet to complete his visit to Kentucky. He was supposed to this past week, but might instead take the visit this coming week.
Don't buy the Kerry Blackshear/Memphis rumors. His final choices will come down to Texas A&M, Kentucky and Tennessee. One way or another, @Vol_Hoops fans will see him play in TBA. He's one of the most impactful players in the grad transfer era.
— Chris Dortch (@cdortch) June 16, 2019
Last season Blackshear averaged 14.9 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game – all career highs – in 35 starts for Virginia Tech.
All three schools are intriguing options for the former four-star prospect.
Kentucky is an NCAA blue blood while Tennessee is one year removed from an SEC regular season title.
Then there’s Texas A&M, which is now being coached by Buzz Williams, Blackshear’s now-former coach at Virginia Tech.
With the bulk of the prospect in the Class of 2019 now largely committed, the graduate transfer market is where teams are going to fill remaining holes for the coming season.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. has the potential to be a major game-changer in the SEC.