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Nation of Blue: Virginia Tech Head Coach Answers Questions about Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Virginia Tech head basketball coach Mike Young had a press conference with local media today and of course one of the main topics is the possible transfer of Kerry Blackshear Jr.
The full press conference is below along with some tweets from the local media with questions and answers.
#Hokies basketball coach Mike Young says Kerry Blackshear's situation is going to play out on Blackshear's timeline. He's "the captain of that ship."
"Do we want him back? Absolutely."
-- Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) June 26, 2019
#Hokies coach Mike Young said Kerry Blackshear's decision is totally in Blackshear's hands.
Nation of Blue: Sports Illustrated has 2 Wildcats in 2020 Mock Draft
SI.com has Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney in the top 18 picks.
12. Kahlil Whitney, G/F, Kentucky | Freshman
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 200
Although Whitney's feel has not yet caught up to his tools, he's an above-average athlete who certainly looks the part as a wing who plays hard and could be a high-level defender. It's not quite clear what exactly he's going to be yet role-wise at the next level, as he has a good bit of offensive development left to do, but Kentucky should be a good spot for him to grow in that regard.
Kentucky Sports Radio: Kentucky reportedly in the lead for 2020 five-star guard Jalen Green
Kentucky is reportedly the leader for one of the top prospects in all of high school basketball.
According to Corey Evans of Rivals.com, Kentucky is the leader for 2020 five-star guard Jalen Green.
"I think they're the leader. I definitely do," Evans told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. "They've really done a great job of prioritizing him."
Green, a consensus top-five rising senior, currently holds offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas, UCLA, Oregon, Florida State, and Arizona, among others.
But if you ask the national recruiting analyst, Kentucky has separated themselves from the pack in terms of overall work ethic by the coaching staff.
Kentucky Sports Radio: A Virginia Tech assistant is using Twitter to recruit Kerry Blackshear Jr. back to Virginia Tech
It's officially June 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET, and we still don't have an update on where Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. will be playing college basketball next season.
What we do have, however, is a tweet from Virginia Tech assistant coach Christian Webster that may or may not make you laugh.
"#HokieNation let's show [Kerry Blackshear Jr.] how much we want him back in Blacksburg," Webster tweeted, adding a graphic with the word "LOYALTY" plastered over photos of the 6-foot-11 forward.
Take a look:
#HOKIENATION let's show @kjblack15 how much we want him back in Blacksburg?
Kentucky Sports Radio: Cade Cunningham's brother hired at Oklahoma State
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are set to hire Cannen Cunningham, Cade's brother, to their coaching staff.
Welcome the newest assistant coach to the Cowboy basketball staff, Cannen Cunningham. #letswork #okstate
? Standout forward at SMU under Larry Brown
? Coaching/recruiting base in DFW
? Spent '18-19 season on staff at Tulane with @MikeDunleavySr
?? https://t.co/XiaCXLc41P pic.twitter.com/zmM6lAGZWF
-- Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 25, 2019
Cunningham played basketball at SMU under Larry Brown before eventually spending the 2018-19 season on staff at Tulane.
Kentucky Sports Radio: I believe John Calipari just took a shot at Duke on Twitter
How do I know John Calipari is feeling good? He starts taking swings at other programs. Oh yes, your basketball coach just lit College Basketball Twitter on fire with a post that was supposed to be about his squad, but is really about another team and their famous ESPN analyst alum with whom he's been sparring.
We don't promote two guys and push everyone else to the curb. This is about all these kids becoming their best version. As this team succeeds, we all become our best version. BIG TEAM, BETTER ME. And yes, we trademarked that.
Nation of Blue: A Look at the State of Kentucky's Ranking by the College Basketball Prospects it Produces
Stadium has ranked the states that produce the most college basketball prospects and Kentucky is a mid-major when it pertains to home grown talent.
Take a look at the graph below that shows the state has produced between 10 and 55 nationally ranked recruits over the last five recruiting cycles, meaning there are typically between three and 10 prospects from that state on an annual basis.
Read "Ranking Every State in the U.S. by the College Basketball Prospects It Produces" by clicking here.
The only top 10 recruit was Charles Bassey from Aspire Academy in Louisville.
A Sea Of Blue: Where UK recruits stand in new ESPN rankings for 2020 class
With the final pieces of next season's basketball roster finally starting to come together, the primary focus of the UK coaching staff can now move solely to the class of 2020.
Along those lines, ESPN recently released their newest player rankings for 2020, and the Cats remain well positioned for numerous top recruits.
The highest ranked player with a Kentucky offer is Cade Cunningham, who came in at No. 2. Over the past several weeks, the 6-7 point guard has been separating himself amongst the other guards in the class of 2020.
However, it has also been rumored that Kentucky is falling behind in his recruitment as Oklahoma State remains out in front.
Nation of Blue: Rivals Recruiting Analyst Thinks Another Team is Still in the Mix for Kerry Blackshear Jr
I know a lot of you are getting tired of the Kerry Blackshear Jr updates but it sounds like it could be over sooner rather than later.
Here is another interesting update from Eric Bossi of Rivals.com as he seems to think Arkansas is still in the mix.
After developing into a potential NBA level big man at Virginia Tech, Blackshear has been the subject of pretty strong recruiting battle that has had twists and turns and lots of indecisiveness. My belief is that he should be making his decision soon and I would venture to guess that he picks either Arkansas, Kentucky or Tennessee but until he makes a decision we'll all continue to watch and wait.
Kentucky Sports Radio: UK Fans of the Day Want Ridiculously Early 2020 Mock Drafts
The 2019 NBA Draft is over, which means basketball diehards are already looking ahead to 2020 and sharing their ridiculously early mock drafts with the world; not surprisingly, many of them include Kentucky Wildcats. Let's run through them all because it's Monday and I'm tired of searching for Kerry Blackshear updates.
Jack shared this on Saturday, but we have to start with ESPN's Jonathan Givony, the most trusted NBA Draft writer, who has three Kentucky players going in the first round in 2020:12. Tyrese Maxey
19. Kahlil Whitney
Kentucky Sports Radio: It looks like Isaac Humphries put on a good show last night
Former UK basketball player Isaac Humphries held a benefit concert at the Lexington Opera House last night to support the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. And by the looks of some of the videos across the interwebs, the big man put on a great show for his concert goers.
What a night! Congrats to @IsaacHumphries7 on his benefit concert for the @RMHCLexington which was a massive hit. #BBN you showed out for a tremendous cause and got to share in a huge night for our guy, Isaac. What's next, Isaac?
Nation of Blue: John Calipari Disagrees with Jay Bilas' Opinion that Colleges Don't Produce NBA Players
John Calipari doesn't agree with ESPN's Jay Bilas' opinion that colleges don't produce NBA players but they are future NBA players going to a college.
"What about Tyler Herro? What about Eric Bledsoe?"
"It doesn't matter what school you go to, you're going to make it if you're supposed to. Do you believe that's true?"
John Calipari disagrees with @JayBilas' notion about college programs not "producing" NBA players. pic.twitter.com/5LGUJ2OjYK
-- Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) June 23, 2019
Here is the transcription of what cal said about Jay Bilas' opinion that colleges don't produce NBA players:
"He's said it before.
A Sea Of Blue: John Calipari claps back at Jay Bilas' NBA Draft comments
Days before John Calipari turned a four-star recruit that wasn't on anyone's draft boards going into his freshman season, Jay Bilas suggested that no college basketball programs produce NBA players.
Check it out for yourself.
Interesting article on college programs with the most pros. One thing: college programs don't "produce" pros, they recruit them. Good coaches at every level help players improve, but don't "produce" pros. Which NBA team "produces" the most NBA All-Stars? https://t.co/YhKYGvV0qp-- Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 17, 2019
This response stemmed from the article Bilas linked in his tweet, which ranked the colleges that produce the most impactful NBA players (Kentucky was No.
Kentucky Sports Radio: WATCH: Kentucky Basketball's 2019 NBA Draft Recap
Now that we're a few days removed from the NBA Draft, the folks behind the Kentucky Men's Basketball Twitter account have provided us with a nice recap of the entire night. From Coach Cal heading to New York on his private plane, through each of the draft picks, and ending with Cal's post-draft comments, this video is a perfect behind the scenes look at what PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson went through on Thursday night.
That night when your entire life changes ....
We were there to see it all come true for @PJWashington, @raf_tyler and Keldon Johnson.
Nation of Blue: Rick Pitino Is Leaving Greece To Focus On Coaching Job In United States
Rick Pitino announced last week that he is stepping down as head coach of Panathinaikos.
According to reports, Pitino is hoping to land a job in the NBA as either a coach or in a player personnel or advisory role.
Here is Pitino's announcement:
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Pitino turned down a job to be coach and president of Panathinaikos:
Pitino wants to return to a full-time pursuit of a job in the NBA -- coaching, player personnel or an advisory role, he said. https://t.co/asJVbzyULP
-- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2019