The Nevada men’s basketball team landed Florida Atlantic transfer Kenan Blackshear, he announced via twitter Friday.
May 14, 2021
Blackshear fills Nevada’s final remaining scholarship, which re-opened after Wichita State transfer Trey Wade decommitted due to family reasons last week. He is the younger brother of former Virginia Tech and Florida forward, Kerry Blackshear — an All-ACC and All-SEC honoree.
Blackshear, a 6-foot-6 two-way wing, has three years of eligibility remaining. Last year, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 23.9 minutes per game. Blackshear shot 46.0 percent from the floor, 31.7 percent from 3-point range and 74.7 percent from the free-throw line.
His only double-double of his collegiate career came on Feb. 12 against Texas-San Antonio, where he set career highs in points (20) and rebounds (10) while also tying a career high in 3-pointers made (3).
In two seasons with the Owls, he averaged 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 steals in 54 games (31 starts) — shooting 41.3 percent, including 26.4 percent from deep and 71.1 percent from the charity stripe.
He will compete for minutes alongside newly added transfer Addison Patterson, Tre Coleman, Daniel Foster, Khristion Courseault and Alem Huseinovic, among others. Blackshear could, theoretically, play the 2-and-3 spots, with the potential as a small-ball 4.