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Kerry Blackshear reportedly leaning toward staying in NBA Draft

That would be a big blow to Kentucky’s frontcourt options for next season.

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Kerry Blackshear Jr. has been one of the most sought after transfers in the country since his announcement

But in the end, he may be taking a different route as Blackshear is reportedly leaning towards leaving his name in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to Corey Evans of Rivals.

After Buzz Williams took the head coaching job for the Texas A&M Aggies, Blackshear entered his name into the NBA Draft as well as the NCAA’s transfer portal. It seemed the portal would be his likely decision with a choice between the Aggies, Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats to eventually to be announced.

That is reportedly not the case anymore, as Blackshear is not only believed to be leaning towards staying in the draft, but he would prefer to spend next year in the G-League rather than another college program.

Blackshear had the best of his three seasons at Virginia Tech last year, as he averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds on 50.8% shooting from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. With news about Jaden McDaniels changing over the last few weeks, Blackshear seems to have taken a backseat after John Calipari went in for a visit with his family, though part of that is due to Blackshear focusing more on the pre-draft process and working out for teams.

Blackshear’s skill set and experience would be a welcome addition to next year's roster. But with questions about the Wildcats’ frontcourt still up in the air and rumors like these breaking out, it seems like there’s a real chance that no college will be earning his services for next season.