Blackshear considers Florida ‘hand-in-glove’ fit

Florida's Kerry Blackshear Jr. speaks during the Southeastern Conference college basketball media day Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Florida forward and Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. says the persistence of his new teammates helped him select the Gators over a host of other Southeastern Conference suitors.

Blackshear, the SEC preseason player of the year, considered Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas among other schools before making his choice. Florida guard Andrew Nembhard says he was communicating daily with the 6-foot-10 forward in the latter stages of that recruiting process.

Blackshear considers Florida a “hand-in-glove fit.”

Blackshear averaged 11.2 points and 6 rebounds at Virginia Tech last year while playing for Buzz Williams, who has since left for Texas A&M. Blackshear and Williams both said they don’t know quite what to expect when Florida visits Texas A&M on Feb. 12.

“It’s going to be really weird because I’m used to being in those huddles with him, getting ready for games with him,” Blackshear said during SEC men’s basketball media day Wednesday.


  1. I just hope that the glove isn’t too small and fits perfectly. Just brought back a memory flashback from a trial long ago with that analogy. With all the preseason accolades, I can’t wait to see Kerry man the post for the Gators this year. It would be great to prove the media wrong and be atop the SEC at the end of the season.