Virginia Tech's leading rebounder and shot-blocker, Kerry Blackshear Jr., announced Tuesday on his Instagram page that he has entered his name into both the NCAA's transfer portal and the 2019 NBA Draft. Blackshear's decision to enter the transfer portal does not preclude a return to Blacksburg, Virginia, where he could be a centerpiece for the Hokies in the 2019-20 season. It does, however, open up his wide variety of options on where he might spend next season playing basketball to include any number of colleges who'd happily accept him as a graduate transfer in addition to the possibility of joining the professional ranks.
Blackshear has until May 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft before forfeiting what will be his final year of collegiate eligibility.
As for what is next for him, Blackshear's father told the Roanoke Times that Virginia Tech is the favorite to retain him but he is exploring all his options in the meantime amid what figures to be a pivotal offseason for him.