John Calipari has shown over the past few years that he can lure players to transfer to Kentucky. Well, he will have to put his skills to the test in the coming weeks as he tries to land Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Blackshear is the top graduate transfer in the country, and he is coming off another strong season with Virginia Tech. The reason he is in the NCAA transfer portal is because Buzz Williams left for Texas A&M.
Kentucky isn’t the only program in pursuit of Blackshear, as Florida and Arkansas are also in the mix. In addition to a few SEC schools vying for Blackshear’s service, Virginia Tech is trying to keep its star from officially leaving.
Chris Arvin of VTScoop.com went in detail about Blackshear’s transfer decision, which includes the two teams at the forefront of the sweepstakes.
Arvin also revealed the reason he believes Blackshear will not transfer to Kentucky.
“I’m torn between Virginia Tech and Florida,” Arvin said. “Florida being close to home, especially being a top 20 team next season, I think they have a pretty good shot. Arkansas kind of came out of nowhere so not sure how to feel about that one but I’m not sold they’re really in it as much as some think.”
“Kentucky will always get coverage but I don’t know if he’d be as much of a focal point in John Calipari’s system as he would other places,” Arvin said. “I think he would get overshadowed by guard play at Kentucky, much like he did in the beginning of his Virginia Tech career.”
The Wildcats have already done well in the transfer market, landing Bucknell star Nate Sestina.
Although Kentucky is a championship contender, it’s possible that Blackshear would see his usage go down in Lexington.