If Kentucky enters next season with its roster the way it’s currently constructed, it would still be considered a contender. However, John Calipari could add another piece to his championship puzzle in the form of Kerry Blackshear Jr.
The Wildcats won’t have Tyler Herro, PJ Washington or Keldon Johnson heading into this fall. All three stars are expected to be first-round picks in the NBA Draft on Thursday.
While Calipari should have a nice core of rising sophomores and potential-packed freshmen, the legendary recruiter is looking to land an All-ACC performer.
Although Blackshear has several programs in the hunt for his services, Kentucky has a chance to become the frontrunner this week.
According to a report from Jake Weingarten of StockRisers.com, Blackshear is taking his official visit with the Wildcats this afternoon.
Blackshear is also considering Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Memphis and Michigan.
Breaking: Highly-coveted Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. will take an official visit to Kentucky beginning Tuesday night, a source told @Stockrisers.
Has visited Arkansas, Florida, and Tennessee.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 16, 2019
Regardless if Blackshear returns to Virginia Tech or transfers elsewhere, the talented forward is eligible to play next season.
Blackshear averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season. He’ll be an impact player for whichever team he’s on.
Kentucky has quite the frontcourt heading into next season, which is anchored by Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and transfer Nate Sestina.
We’ll see if Calipari can convince the top graduate transfer on the market to join the Wildcats.