Versatile forward taking steps

Over the course of several days at the Peach State Summer Showcase, Blackshear attracted a throng of college coaches. For good reason: He's a talented, uncommitted big man who's young for his class.

From the time that I first observed Kerry Blackshear with the Q6 All-Stars last week, on Thursday, to the playoff rounds on Saturday, he had generated increasing buzz among coaches and scouts. He's a polished post scorer who turns on either shoulder for banking jump shots off the glass, and he's fairly slippery in traffic to avoid longer, more explosive shotblockers.

Blackshear shows the makings of being able to face the basket as well and claims a horde of scholarship offers: Clemson, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Richmond, Kennesaw State, Tennessee, Houston, Mississippi State, Florida State, Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech, South Florida, VCU, East Carolina, Lehigh, Central Florida, Stetson, Murray State, Radford, Western Kentucky and others.

He first made a national splash at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest in April during the lone live spring weekend for college coaches.

"Some of my offers came from the Mississippi tournament," Blackshear said. "(My recruitment) really picked up after that weekend."

Unlike a lot of guys in the 6-9 size range who can face the basket, Blackshear is indifferent to his future collegiate position.

"I don't care where I play as far position goes," he said, "I just want to go to school somewhere I can grow and show my versatility."

He added that he will prioritize academics as part of his decision and that he intends to cut down his list at the end of the month, ultimately signing November.

Blackshear and Q6 will attend the Sunflower Showcase in Kansas City to close the live period.

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