Kerry Blackshear Jr. has made a decision, reportedly. According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, the top transfer on the market will choose to play with the Florida Gators next season.
Kerry Blackshear, barring a last-minute change of heart, is expected to choose Florida, source told @Stadium. Huge pickup for Mike White and the Gators.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 27, 2019
The race for Blackshear was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. The 6-10 forward was heavily connected to Kentucky from the moment he announced he would transfer. Arkansas and Florida were next, joined then by Texas A&M. Tennessee got rolling with some late momentum, even being called a finalist by multiple reports.
After the race appeared to be down to Tennessee or Kentucky, Virginia Tech made a late push. Now the hometown Florida Gators have reportedly secured a commitment.
Blackshear averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds for Virginia Tech last season, leading the Hokies to a sweet sixteen appearance. He shot 54 percent from the field, including an improved 33 percent from three-point range. He instantly makes the Gators players in the SEC, adding firepower for Mike White.
The loss is big for Tennessee, who now will officially have some big question marks in the post next season. John Fulkerson, D.J. Burns and Zach Kent, along with newcomers Uros Plavsic and Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua will have to handle a lot of minutes for the very first time.
It’s a double-whammy for Tennessee too — Blackshear lands with rival Florida. Luckily for Tennessee, they’ll only have to face him once in the regular season this year.