Evans (Orlando, FL) power forward Kerry Blackshear is Virginia Tech basketball’s first commitment in the class of 2015. The 6’8″ senior announced his decision yesterday on Twitter.
Proud to say that I have committed to Virginia Tech pic.twitter.com/8dKwDEVQxA
— Kerry Blackshear (@kjblack15) October 5, 2014
Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, South Florida and SMU are among the other reported offers for Blackshear, who is rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Scout. Rivals.com ranks him as a 3-star player.
As a junior in 2013/2014, Blackshear averaged 12 points and almost 8 rebounds per game while leading Evans to a runner-up finish in the Class 8A state playoffs. He earned second-team all-state honors as voted on by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops. The Orlando Sentinel selected Blackshear to its first-team all-area squad in 2013/2014, describing him as a “lengthy defensive stopper in Trojans’ zone defense.”
With Blackshear in the fold, Virginia Tech is projected to have 12 scholarship players on its roster in the 2015/2016 season. This now includes five post players: Blackshear (projected FR), Satchel Pierce (projected SOPH), Zach LeDay (projected JR), Shane Henry (projected SR) and Joey van Zegeren (projected SR).
As of now, head coach Buzz Williams and company have only one open scholarship spot in the class of 2015. A few top targets are expected to decide soon. Point guard Justin Robinson will commit on October 12, while small forward Chris Clarke could decide at any time after making his fourth and likely final official visit this weekend. Should the Hokies take more than one more recruit, that would indicate some attrition would have to happen before the start of the 2015/2016 season.