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Wednesday Quickies: Kerry Blackshear Edition

The Virginia Tech big man has entered the transfer portal and Kentucky has reportedly made contact

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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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Count me in.

Best of luck to Tyler in his professional career.


Tyler Herro staying in the NBA Draft, could move up boards - Herald Leader

Herro is built for workouts, according to one draft analyst.

Five more transfers Kentucky should consider pursuing - KSR

There are several guys Kentucky could get involved with.

Lexington QB Beau Allen expected to make a decision within the next month - Herald Leader

Kentucky hopes to be able to land Allen, who they have been recruiting for years.

Breaking down the defensive depth chart after spring practice - Courier Journal

A lot of questions still remain in the secondary.

Jared Casey made progress in first semester - KSR

Casey has made some notable improvements that the coaches seem to be pleased with.

Ranking college basketball’s top transfers - ESPN

Blackshear is the top-ranked immediately eligible transfer and Nate Sestina is near the top.

Trade scenarios for Devin Booker, AD, KAT - Bleacher Report

These probably aren’t happening but interesting scenarios nonetheless.

LaVar Ball says NCAA is using LaMelo’s eligibility to prove a point - Yahoo

What do you think about LaVar’s latest comments?

Josh Allen, Lonnie Johnson land in the first round of new mock draft - Cats Pause

Looks like Lonnie could be right on the border between first and second round.

Mitch Barnhart third-longest tenured AD in the country - 247 Sports

Barnhart has been at UK since 2002.

Demaryius Thomas signs with Patriots - ESPN

The Patriots add a new target for Tom Brady.

Russell Wilson gets PAID - Bleacher Report

The contract reportedly will break an NFL record.

NFL schedule will be released tonight - Yahoo

The full schedule comes out at 8 p.m. ET

The possible implications of DeMarcus Cousins’s injury - The Ringer

An all-around sad situation for Cousins.