Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the hottest name in the College Basketball Transfer Portal, and his recruitment just got even more interesting.
According to Chris Dortch, a NBA.com and NBA TV contributor, the Virginia Tech graduate transfer’s final choice will come down to Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Kentucky.
Don't buy the Kerry Blackshear/Memphis rumors. His final choices will come down to Texas A&M, Kentucky and Tennessee. One way or another, @Vol_Hoops fans will see him play in TBA. He's one of the most impactful players in the grad transfer era.— Chris Dortch (@cdortch) June 16, 2019
Dortch’s tweet also stated that Memphis was not a serious player in Blackshear’s Recruitment, and “not to buy the Memphis rumors.” Memphis first came into the mix 2 days ago, on Friday, when Arkansas Basketball reporter, Kevin McPherson, said Blackshear was now considering Memphis on Twitter.
Possibly the most shocking part of Dortch’s tweet was not what it included, but more of what it did not. It was thought since early in Blackshear’s recruitment that Florida would be one of the leaders. After all, Florida did land his first visit. However, if Dortch’s insight proves to be accurate, the Gators are no longer a top school in Blackshear’s recruitment.
Blackshear visited Tennessee on Friday, and it is commonly thought that the visit was a success. It is also worth noting that Tennessee is the only one of the 3 schools that Blackshear has already visited, so far.
It is obvious why Texas A&M is in the mix for Blackshear. Buzz Williams, the current Head Coach for the Aggies, was Blackshear’s old coach at Virginia Tech. So, it is obviously a possibility that Blackshear could follow his old coach to College Station.
When it comes to Kentucky it is also not very surprising. Like Florida, Kentucky has been heavily involved in Blackshear’s recruitment since the very beginning. The Wildcats are fighting hard for Blackshear, and it was always thought they would be in the mix until the end.
The final school Dortch mentioned was the most surprising. Tennessee was the final of the 3 schools he believed to have a chance to land Blackshear. The Volunteers lost Admiral Schofield, Kyle Alexander, and Jordan Bone from last season, but the largest hit Tennessee took was Grant Williams electing to forgo his senior year. Tennessee needs Blackshear the most of the 3 schools, and are likely trying the hardest to land the highly coveted graduate transfer. If Blackshear does indeed elect to transfer to Tennessee, next year will no longer be viewed as a rebuilding year.
In the end, only time will tell if Blackshear will chose the Volunteers, as the battle for the graduate transfer reaches its final stages.