The Tennessee Vols basketball program missing out on Kerry Blackshear leads our Volunteers news for Thursday, June 27, 2019.
As the end of June approaches, the Tennessee Vols are getting set for the next season in all sports. That’s certainly the case for most schools after Wednesday night, in which the Vanderbilt Commodores took home the College World Series title to end baseball season.
Our morning update on Rocky Top, meanwhile, leads with some basketball news. However, it’s disappointing news for Vol Nation, as UT missed out on a key player it may have needed to be able to rebuild next year.
Other news for the day includes another baseball Vol signing with a pro team and academic news regarding all athletes. So there’s a decent bit of coverage to get to, and it’s not all bad. Let’s start with the basketball personnel.
Tennessee basketball misses out on Kerry Blackshear – Grant Ramey, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols basketball team will not have graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear at power forward next year after all. Blackshear, who spent the last three years with the Virginia Tech Hokies and has one year of eligibility left, will be heading to Gainesville to play for the Florida Gators his final year of college.
"Blackshear took back-to-back visits to Tennessee and Kentucky earlier this month. Arkansas also hosted the 6-foot-10, 250-pound big man on a visit and Texas A&M and his former head coach Buzz Williams tried to get him on campus in College Station."
Tennessee baseball pitcher signs with Angels – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com
Tennessee Vols baseball pitcher Garrett Stallings, who was a top performer for the team this past year, has inked a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He makes for another player Tony Vitello has lost to the pros.
"Stallings finished the 2019 campaign with a 3.33 earned run average and had 106 strikeouts in 102.2 innings. The junior was the 2019 Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, a member of the SEC All-Defensive Team and named to the conference’s All-Community Service Team."
UT has 106 spring academic honor roll athletes – SECSports
The Tennessee Vols athletic program placed 106 athletes on the 2019 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. The rowing team had 32 members, baseball had 16, softball had 13, men’s and women’s track and field had 12 each, men’s golf had 7, women’s golf had 6, men’s tennis had 4 and women’s tennis had 4.
"A total of 1,234 student-athletes were named to the 2019 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll, Wednesday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. The 2019 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll includes the sports of baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track & field. It is based on grades from the 2018 Summer, 2018 Fall and 2019 Spring terms."