Kerry Blackshear has been the talk of the college hoops offseason, and now we might have his decision. It could come as early as Sunday.
Tennessee basketball fans haven’t had much luck with good news this offseason. Rick Barnes was going to head to UCLA to take their head coaching job. Grant Williams and Jordan Bone both announced they were keeping their names in the NBA Draft.
Former players succeeding in the draft isn’t bad news. However, it means they aren’t coming back to school, which hurts the Vols.
Tennessee missed out on a couple of recruits, one being guard Jalen Cone who reclassified to the 2019 class and signed with Virginia Tech.
But, the Kerry Blackshear news has been rather good for Vol nation.
After joining the mix late, Tennessee has closed the gap and has been one of the favorites to land Blackshear the entire time. After averaging nearly 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season, Blackshear was widely viewed as the top transfer in the portal.
John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats joined the mix late, and many thought they were the best fit since Blackshear wanted to make a postseason run. However, word around Lexington is the momentum has been losing steam with the Cats.
Evan Daniels, Director of Recruiting for 247Sports, put information on Twitter early Saturday morning stating that Kerry Blackshear isn’t expected to take any more official visits. Daniels goes on to say that the decision could come as early as Sunday.
Even if his decision doesn’t come on Sunday, it could be sooner rather than later. Of course, all the teams in the mix want Blackshear to come to their school, but an answer would be nice.
As for the Vols, Blackshear attending Tennessee could change everything about next season and the ones that follow. Next season the Vols are a Top-25 team and should have the goal of making it to back-to-back Sweet 16s.
It also helps the momentum heading into the 2020 class, which could turn out to be the best class in Tennessee history. We shouldn’t put too much pressure on Blackshear, but he would be a massive get for Rick Barnes and company.