F Blackshear transfers from Virginia Tech to Florida
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Kerry Blackshear Jr. will move from Virginia Tech to Florida as a graduate transfer for the 2019-20 season.
The 6-foot-10 forward made the announcement Wednesday on his Instagram feed.
Blackshear wrote, "I am so fortunate to have stepped out onto the Cassell coliseum floor (to) walk away from Blacksburg as a graduate of Virginia Tech. ... My next chapter will begin in Gainesville, Florida."
ESPN rated Blackshear as the top available graduate transfer this summer, and Rivals.com listed him as one of the best in that category. After entering his name in the NBA draft pool and then withdrawing it, he took visits to Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee in addition to Florida, according to multiple media reports.
Blackshear, 22, averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season for the Hokies, who lost to Duke in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 to end a 26-9 campaign. He recorded 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in the defeat to the Blue Devils.
After averaging 6.2 points as a freshman in 2015-16, Blackshear missed a season due to a leg injury, then returned to produce 12.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2017-18. He will be immediately eligible to play his final collegiate season.
Florida went 20-16 last season, losing to Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.