Reports: Virginia Tech forward could miss 2016-17 season


Kerry Blackshear’s status for the start of the season was in doubt after the Virginia Tech forward underwent foot surgery early in the offseason. Now, the sophomore could be sidelined for an extensive period of time.

Hokies head coach Buzz Williams told reporters Monday that Blackshear might miss the 2016-17 season as he recovers from a stress fracture in his leg:

Blackshear made an immediate impact as a freshman in Blacksburg last winter. The Orlando, Fla., native played in all 35 of Virginia Tech’s games, starting five and averaging 19.2 minutes per contest. He finished the 2015-16 season averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

While power forward is Blackshear’s true position, he was in line to see significant time as the Hokies’ center in small lineups this season. His presence was also expected to compensate for some of the offseason losses in the frontcourt.

Virginia Tech opens its 2016-17 season against Maine on Friday, Nov. 11.