Virginia Tech's Kerry Blackshear is leaving his options open for the 2019-20 season. The veteran could return to the Hokies, but he has a few other big options, including the Kentucky Wildcats which are aggressively recruiting him.
Arkansas, Florida, and Tennessee are among the other teams recruiting him. He recently made a trip to Lexington, during which John Calipari was hoping to land a commitment.
It didn't come, but UK is still reportedly in a good spot. Per Rivals' national analyst Corey Evans, Kentucky is in a "great spot" for him.
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
“I think Kentucky is in a great spot with him,” Evans told the Herald-Leader on Friday afternoon. “Right now, it’s Kentucky or Tennessee for him. I think a commitment is going to come within the next four or five days. That’s the vibe I’ve gotten.”
Evans says he believes Kentucky and Tennessee are the co-leaders to land Kerry Blackshear, but isn't sure if he'd give one of the two SEC powers the edge.
He thinks Tennessee may be a better stylistic fit, while Kentucky presents the bigger stage and the notoriety as a blue-blood.
“I honestly don’t know,” he said. “And that’s because the kid doesn’t know yet, I don’t think. I don’t think he knows what exactly he wants. Tennessee can offer him the idea of playing more of a ‘4-5’ role and kind of expanding his game and having more of a chance to be ‘the guy.’
“Compared to Kentucky, which offers, of course, the blue-blood platform and all that. They’re in the same conference, but they’re two separate opportunities. So, I think it’s whichever one that he really feels comfortable with and which one can put him in the best spot possible for the NBA.”
Blackshear averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds for the impressive Hokies last season. Kentucky has already added grad transfer Nate Sestina to a talented frontcourt, which returns guys like E.J. Montgomery and Nick Richards. The team also adds four blue-chip wings in the 2019 recruiting class, including five-star players Kahlil Whitney and Keion Brooks.