Gators Land the Grad: Kerry Blackshear Jr. Transfers to UF

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

The Kerry Blackshear Jr. race is over. After visiting 4 SEC schools (Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky), Blackshear Jr. has officially chosen the Gators as his destination for the 2019-2020 season.


The Kerry Blackshear Jr. race is over. After visiting 4 SEC schools (Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky), Blackshear Jr. has officially chosen the Gators as his destination for the 2019-2020 season.


The 6’10” F became this summer’s most discussed college basketball player after removing his name from the NBA Draft and announcing his transfer from Virginia Tech after 3 seasons. This past season, Blackshear Jr. averaged 14.9 PPG and 7.5 RPG, while shooting 33% from downtown. Blackshear was also a key part of the Hokies team that made it to the Sweet Sixteen and gave Duke a scare with a down-to-the-wire finish falling just short. His unique skill set, a dominant paint force as well as a solid shooter and strong face-up scorer, made him a highly sought after talent in the 2019 NBA Draft. But ultimately, Blackshear Jr. decided to use his last year of eligibility to boost his draft stock and find college success. His decision to leave Virginia Tech comes after the announcement that former head coach Buzz Williams accepted a new position at Texas A&M, as well as the departure of teammates Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Ahmad Hill to the NBA. 


This move couldn’t have come at a better time for Florida. Blackshear Jr., an Orlando native, will add desperately needed size to the Gators lineup. The Gators recruiting class in 2019 was one of the best that they’ve had in years, landing big players like Tre Mann and Scottie Lewis. However, both of these additions are guards, and with Keyontae Johnson and Andrew Nembhard showing incredible skills last season, the backcourt seems to be the strongest part of the Gators lineup next season. The addition of Blackshear Jr. gives some more depth to the Gators frontcourt, hopefully taking some pressure off of Dontay Bassett and freshman Jason Jitoboh, while also allowing freshman Omar Payne to play his natural power forward position instead of being forced to play center. Not only that, but Blackshear Jr. will be able to add to the win-now mentality UF should have in this upcoming season. With two possible one-and-done talents in Tre Mann and Scottie Lewis, plus the ever-rising draft stock of Keyontae Johnson and Andrew Nembhard, the Gators are not promised this young and talented lineup forever. This is the year for the Gators to win and step up, and Blackshear Jr. is the perfect addition to achieve that goal.

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