Kerry Blackshear Will Return to Virginia Tech

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomasTLP | Jun 23, 2019
After visiting multiple SEC schools including Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida; Kerry Blackshear announced that he has decided to return to Virginia Tech instead of transferring elsewhere for his final season. Blackshear's decision comes after he previously entered the transfer portal not long after Mike Young's arrival and withdrew from the NBA Draft right before the deadline at the end of May. Kerry Blackshear returns to Blacksburg after having a career year last season averaging 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 29.9 minutes per game while shooting 50.8% from the field, 33.3% from three-point range, and 73.6% from the free-throw line. Blackshear's best play came in the second half of ACC play as he stepped up in Justin Robinson's absence, keeping the Hokies safely in the top 25 and earning All-ACC Second Team honors. Blackshear's return is the biggest victory of the offseason for Mike Young and Virginia Tech after most believed Blackshear would end up elsewhere when he entered the transfer portal. His return also means that the only non-graduating players leaving Virginia Tech this offseason are Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Chris Clarke, both of which were expected regardless the coach. Given how things were looking in the aftermath of Buzz Williams' departure, Mike Young has done the type of job that would win ACC Coach of the Offseason if there was such an award. There is no doubt that Blackshear will be the focal point of a Virginia Tech team that can have aspirations of reaching a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament with a floor of the NIT. Blackshear's veteran experience definitely should be valuable especially if the Hokies are in a bubble battle late in the season. Blackshear will have the opportunity to take a leadership on a younger team and have the chance to mentor a guy like John Ojiako who won't have to be thrown into the fire next season. Additionally, Blackshear should benefit from having plenty of size on the bench, taking some pressure off knowing that VT won't have to go extremely small if he has fouling issues, one area where he has made significant strides. With Blackshear back, it would be surprising to see the Hokies add another piece with it being unclear if Virginia Tech adds another roster. Additionally, the Hokies' last 2019 high school recruiting target, late-rising SF/PF Lok Wur, committed to Oregon this past weekend days after including the Hokies in his top 5.

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