Blackshear withdraws name from NBA draft, evaluating options

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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech star basketball player Kerry Blackshear Jr. announced Wednesday he is withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and evaluating his options for his final year of eligibility.

Blackshear shared the update via Instagram.

The 6-foot-10 forward announced in April that he was entering his name into the NBA Draft Pool in order to "pursue his lifelong dream" of playing pro basketball. In addition, he 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.