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In-depth look at the KB saga from Chris Harry

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by HallGator, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. HallGator

    HallGator Senile Mod Moderator VIP Member

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    Very interesting story on the way things unfolded in the recruitment of Blackshear and all of the false rumors that were swirling around:


    Timeline: How UF Got 'KJ'

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Mike White was with his four-year-old son, Dillon, when the Florida basketball coach's cell phone rang the morning of April 16. The two were sitting in a chairlift headed up a mountain in Vail, Colo. Assistant coach Jordan Mincy was on the other end with some news.

    "He's in the portal, Coach," MIncy said.

    He, of course, was Virginia Tech center Kerry Blackshear Jr., a 6-foot-10, 250-pound answer to all the Gators' low-post questions, and arguably the most coveted graduate transfer to come available since the NCAA implemented the rule in 2013 that allows student-athletes with degree in hand and eligibility remaining to play elsewhere right away. Reports that Blackshear, the second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, was looking to transfer had been bubbling even before Buzz Williams, the coach who recruited him to Tech, bolted for Texas A&M shortly after the 2018-19 season.

    The events of the next 10 weeks would be chaotic for the Blackshear family and a handful of anxious coaches, not to mention comedic at times on social media. In the end, Blackshear's decision to sign with the Gators altered the 2019-20 preseason college basketball landscape in the Southeastern Conference and beyond.



    Read the rest here:

    Timeline: How UF Got 'KJ' - Florida Gators
     
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  2. Gatorhead

    Gatorhead GC Hall of Fame

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    Thank you Hall, hope your are feeling a bit better!
     
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  3. tampajack1

    tampajack1 Premium Member

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    I hadn't thought about the Scottie Lewis effect, but with Scottie on the team, Kerry is guaranteed to have plenty of NBA scouts at every game he plays this coming season.
     
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  4. MadduxFanII

    MadduxFanII GC Hall of Fame

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    Come for the tick-tock, stay for the photos of Mike White looking like a frat bro in New Orleans while speaking to a Gator Club.
     
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  5. HallGator

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    Thank you, slowly but surely.
     
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  6. spike718

    spike718 GC Legend

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    Nice article. I’d like to see all the jack offs who posted fake news get canned. Tired of people making stuff up.
     
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  7. UF24ou14

    UF24ou14 GC Hall of Fame

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    I hadn't thought of that either, but it's accurate. Scottie does guarantee plenty of visibility for KB with NBA scouts.
     
  8. gatortenor37

    gatortenor37 GC Legend

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    And now we know the rest of the story. :D
     
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  9. swampgas44

    swampgas44 Junior

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    Only cost us a bag of chips and some chocolate chip cookies.
     
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  10. Matherly87

    Matherly87 GC Hall of Fame

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    Timeline: How UF Got 'KJ' - Florida Gators
    deserves its own post
    "With Blackshear's return to college official, the family readied for another bite at the recruiting apple. No big deal. Both parents played basketball at Stetson, where Dad remains the program's all-time scoring leader; KJ had close to 40 Division-I offers coming out of Orlando Evans in 2015; his younger brother signed last fall with Florida Atlantic; his younger sister will be a junior in high school and high-major prospect this fall. The Blackshears not only understood what was coming, they'd dealt with it before. All of them.

    Only this time, KJ wasn't a three-star prospect ranked 112th nationally.

    "We were basically going after the No. 1 player in the country," Mincy said. "
     
  11. akaGatorhoops

    akaGatorhoops VIP Member GC Columnist

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    F186ABE2-6C4B-461F-8FF9-26FCC135109E.jpeg good article, but a glaring omission:

    I went fishing a bunch of times during this process. And I think we all have seen the powers of my fishing.

    This was a couple days prior to the announcement....

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.
     
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  12. Matherly87

    Matherly87 GC Hall of Fame

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    Sorry I didn't see the other post. Please delete.
     
  13. Matherly87

    Matherly87 GC Hall of Fame

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    Sorry @HallGator I didn't see this one. No intent trying to post over yours. Please delete mine.
    Edit: Thanks
     
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  14. BTEGator

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    Wow...great insight on KBJ's recruitment! Well done, Chris Harry.

    Feels so good when things end well for the good guys! So pumped for this upcoming season!!!
     
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  15. GatorKP

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    Great article! KJ and his family seem so grounded too. So glad he's a Gator!
     
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  16. Matherly87

    Matherly87 GC Hall of Fame

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    Deja Vu
     
  17. g8rboy

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    All over again
     
  18. manigordo

    manigordo GC Hall of Fame

    Good on all parties. Thanks to the coaches and parents and welcome KJB!
     
  19. filamg8torfan

    filamg8torfan All American

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    I was wrong about KB. I judged him too quickly through the social media. And for that, I apologize to him and his family.
     
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  20. rserina

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    Just shows you how unpredictable these things can be and how what you see on social media or recruiting websites may not actually measure up with reality--or be in the ballpark of it.
     
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