It looks like Kentucky is going to miss out on Matthew Hurt, and probably Jaden McDaniels too, but the Wildcats could be in the running for another grad transfer that could potentially be a big piece to next year’s frontcourt puzzle.
Kerry Blackshear, the 6’10 forward from Virginia Tech, reportedly plans to seek a transfer, but also plans to get feedback for the NBA Draft and Kentucky has reportedly made contact with him, according to David Sisk from Rivals.
Blackshear was the second-leading scorer for the Hokies this past season, as well as their leading rebounder, averaging nearly 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. At times during the season, Blackshear dominated, including an 18 points and 16 rebounds performance in the Sweet 16 against Duke and a 23 points and 13 rebounds performance against Virginia in mid-February.
As for me personally, count me in. Blackshear has noticeably improved during his time at Virginia Tech, and I believe he can be an immediate starter on a team that still needs some frontcourt options. I think Kentucky could feel very confident going into the season with a frontcourt of Blackshear, EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards and Nate Sestina. That frontcourt gives you a little of everything you need with a significant amount of experience.
Kentucky needs to put a heavy amount of resources into trying to land Blackshear for next season. He could be a crucial piece for this Wildcats squad.
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According to a source in the Kerry Blackshear Jr. camp, “Kentucky has made contact with the inner circle.” His plans are to go to the NBA Portsmouth Combine, get feedback, then go from there. They see a similarity to the Reid Travis transfer. @KentuckyRivals @RowlandRIVALS— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) April 17, 2019
Count me in.
.@raf_tyler has decided to remain in the NBA Draft. We know all of #BBN joins us in wishing Tyler nothing but the best at the next level. We can’t wait to watch him reach his dreams. #DreamBIGpic.twitter.com/WBv4j9hTPu— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 16, 2019
Best of luck to Tyler in his professional career.
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