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Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear withdrawing from draft, could grad-transfer

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Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr., right, is defended by Notre Dame’s John Mooney during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)


Kerry Blackshear is withdrawing from the NBA draft, but may not be returning to Virginia Tech.

The senior big man announced he would return to college Wednesday night, but that he is “still evaluating my options for my last year of eligibility and feel extremely fortunate to be in the position that I am in.

“I look forward to continuing my education and earning a Master’s degree while competing in the sport that I love as I continue working toward my goal of playing professionally.”

If Blackshear does opt to transfer, he’ll instantly become one of the most sought-after available players. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while converting at a50.8 percent clip from the floor.