Hokies' Blackshear headed to Florida

Mike Young pleased with leadership returning veterans bring

BLACKSBURG, Va.- – Virginia Tech men's basketball head coach Mike Young held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the state of the program, and later that evening Kerry Blackshear announced he's headed to the Gators. 

Blackshear chose Florida for his final year of eligibility over VIrginia Tech, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A & M and  Arkansas. The 6-10 250 pounder averaged nearly 15 points and 7-and-a-half points per game in helping lead the Hokies to the Sweet Sixteen this season.

However, the return of Wabissa Bede and Landers Nolley excites Young for the leadership they will bring. 

"Anytime you can have veterans in leadership roles, all the better. Those guys have been great for me. Could not be happier for those guys," he said. 

Young also commented on the hectic few months he's had. 

"I'm coaching basketball at Virginia Tech it's been the ultimate. Been some sleepless nights I'll put it that way. It's part of it. There's been a lot going on," Young explained.

"Anytime there's a coaching change, there's going to be a variety of things you are going to be faced with. I've always felt great about it. Certainly much better about our direction and where we're heading two months in than we did a few weeks ago," he finished. 


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