Kerry Blackshear Jr. is one of the more interesting graduate transfers on the market, leaving Virginia Tech after a career season.
The Hokies made a run to the Sweet 16, where they nearly upset Duke a round before Michigan State knocked the Blue Devils from the NCAA Tournament. Blackshear was a monster in that game, going for 18 points and 16 rebounds.
On the season, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
With Buzz Williams’ departure to Texas A&M, Blackshear is looking to finish up his career elsewhere. Kentucky appears to be an option for him.
On Monday, there were conflicting reports as to whether John Calipari had met with Kerry Blackshear Jr.
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
After all that, it sounds like the two sides did meet.
Rivals’ Russ Wood reported that the Blackshear/Calipari meeting went down, but the details are behind the site’s paywall. SNY’s Adam Zagoria has more on the situation.
Kentucky has several big guys testing the waters including EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards, which may have something to do with the "secrecy." https://t.co/lkxbqLtYzq
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 24, 2019
That whole part of this situation is strange, but at the end of the day, it appears that there could be a match here, and that’s great news for UK.
The Wildcats got a big lift from Stanford grad transfer Reid Travis this season. Blackshear could probably slide right into his role if he were to head to Lexington.