Virginia Tech's Blackshear 'exploring options' for next year

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BLACKSBURG, Va (WDJB7) -- Virginia Tech forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. says he is "exploring a number of options" as to his basketball future.

The 6-foot-10 forward announced via Instagram on Tuesday that he has entered his name into the NBA Draft Pool in order to "pursue his lifelong dream" of playing pro basketball. In addition, he also has entered the NCAA transfer portal, which would allow him to change schools next year.

However, he also added in the post that he will "continue discussing the possibility of continuing to play here at Virginia Tech" with new head coach Mike Young.

Blackshear just finished his redshirt junior year, meaning he could transfer immediately as a graduate student and play for any college team. He missed his sophomore season with an injury.

Blackshear would be a key departure for Virginia Tech, as he averaged nearly 15 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Hokies in 2018-19. His departure would follow on the heels of head coach Buzz Williams to take over as coach at Texas A&M.