Earlier: John Calipari has already landed a major graduate transfer for next season. Today, the Kentucky head coach reportedly visited another.
According to Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans, Calipari hit the road for an in-home visit with the parents of Virginia Tech grad transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. The 6-foot-10 Blackshear entered the transfer portal last week and has one year left to play.
This past season, Blackshear set personal career-highs across the board, averaging 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He helped lead the Hokies to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Duke.
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 22, 2019
If Kentucky lands Blackshear, he’ll join Bucknell power forward Nate Sestina as grad transfer additions for the Wildcats. Kentucky has to replace graduating big man Reid Travis as well as several players who left early for the NBA Draft, including Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and P.J. Washington.
Big men E.J. Montgomery and Nick Richards are also testing the waters, but could return. Guards Immanuel Quickley and Ashton Hagans will definitely be back.
Additionally, the Wildcats will bring in a stellar crop of incoming freshmen next season, as usual. Included in the group are a trio of five-star recruits.
UK is also reportedly interested in Nevada transfer Jordan Brown.
Update: We have conflicting reports. According to SNY’s Adam Zagoria, Calipari did not visit Blackshear’s parents today, but a meeting could be coming.
FWIW, Kerry Blackshear Sr. told me just now he did not meet with John Calipari today. "That wasn't the case."
He said they're working on a date. "We're trying to figure that out right now as we speak.'
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 23, 2019
As it stands, it appears clear that Kentucky is interested in Blackshear. Stay tuned to see how their pursuit materializes in the coming days.