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Virginia Tech forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. made the All-ACC second team last season.

Virginia Tech standout Kerry Blackshear Jr. announced on Instagram on Wednesday night that he has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft but is still mulling where to play college basketball next season.

Is Virginia Tech still an option for him?

"Yes sir," he said Wednesday night in a text message to The Roanoke Times.

He made the announcement about withdrawing from the draft less than three hours before the midnight deadline for players to decide whether to stay in the June 20 draft or withdraw and return to college basketball next season.

The star post player had announced on April 16 that he had both entered the transfer portal and entered his name for the NBA draft.

Blackshear, who made the All-ACC second team as a fourth-year junior, has graduated from Tech. So he could join a new school as a graduate transfer and play in the 2019-20 season without having to sit out the year.

Or he could opt to remain a Hokie.

"After taking the time to weigh my options, I have decided to withdraw my name from the NBA Draft," he wrote Wednesday night on Instagram. "I am still evaluating my options for my last year of eligibility and feel extremely fortunate to be in the position that I am in. I look forward to continuing my education and earning a master's degree while competing in the sport that I love as I continue working toward my goal of playing professionally."

Blackshear had not been considered a safe bet to be drafted next month.

The 6-foot-10 Blackshear averaged 14.9 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds for Tech last season, helping the Hokies win 26 games and reach the Sweet 16. He also had 83 assists.

Buzz Williams stepped down as Tech's coach on April 3 to take the reins at Texas A&M. He was replaced by Mike Young, formerly Wofford's coach.

Young said last week that returning to Tech was still a possibility for Blackshear.

“I hope like hell he comes back," Young said last week.

Contact Mark Berman at mark.berman@roanoke.com or 981-3125. Follow him on Twitter: @BermanRoanoke.

 

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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