Oscar Tshiebwe’s Return Boosts WVU Benefits For 2020-21 Season

West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) holds his ground against Kansas' Udoka Azubuike
West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) holds his ground against Kansas' Udoka Azubuike
Oscar Tshiebwe’s Return Boosts WVU Benefits For 2020-21 Season

Oscar Tshiebwe himself admitted that everything pointed to him returning to West Virginia University for his sophomore season of basketball, but now that he has confirmed it, the Mountaineers will benefit in several ways.

First, WVU’s current roster is obviously solidified and strengthened. With Tshiebwe and Derek Culver, WVU will again feature one of the strongest frontcourts in the Big 12, and the arrival of six foot, nine inch freshman Isaiah Cottrell will give the Mountaineers even more choices in the rotation. Tshiebwe’s return will also lessen pressure on Cottrell to produce early on, and help him ease into his role.

Second, Tshiebwe’s return gives head coach Bob Huggins the flexibility to hold the final scholarship that he has open for next year. While Huggins will add a player if the right one is available, he doesn’t have to worry about depth at a current position or feel pressured to fill a hole that now does not exist. That’s a powerful ace that Huggins holds, and he can now play it as he sees fit.

Finally, the choice shows the trust that exists between Huggins, the rest of the coaching staff and Tshiebwe, and that could have some intangible benefits now and in the future. Tshiebwe, acknowledging that the staff has his best interests first and foremost, sends a strong message to his teammates, incoming recruits and those being courted for future classes — West Virginia is a place where a top-tier talent can go and develop, and that players won’t be held back or discouraged when the time is right to move on to the next level.

Tshiebwe, a native of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, started all 31 games as a freshman, averaging 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.

“Oscar went through the process in a systematic and professional manner by exploring his options,” WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins said. “He was able to gain feedback from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee that will help him in the future. We’re pleased that he will be a Mountaineer next season.”




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    Oscar Tshiebwe’s Return Boosts WVU Benefits For 2020-21 Season Oscar Tshiebwe himself admitted that everything pointed to him returning to West Virgin
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    #116410

    As expected, but even the thought of others getting in his ear was concerning.   Huggs can now focus on that last schollie .

    #116834

    with what is going on in the world today…stay next 3 years…the NBA is not going any where. Enjoy the collage experience….just GROW.

    #116835

    with what is going on in the world today…stay next 3 years…the NBA is not going any where. Enjoy the collage experience….just GROW. as a person

     

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    dawg – While we’d love to see that, the uncertainty of today’s world is probably pushing more people to opt for the financial security. Oscar is very likely to be a first-round projection for next year’s draft, and a guaranteed contract in today’s world is even more attractive than what it was last year.

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    If Oscar is going to be a 1st rounder next year then he should stay in the draft.  If there is speculation that he will drop to the 2nd then it’s iffy.  IMO he needs to develop an outside game quickly to be considered a 1st rounder.  His numbers as a FR were somewhat similar to Sag’s as a SO and Sags showed that he did have the touch, although limited and mostly uncovered at first from deep.  But he did hit some.

    If he doesn’t show he can shoot it from deep and put it on the floor for more than a back to the bucket dribble he will have a hard time in the draft.  Without that most likely he’ll be pegged as a true C and most true C’s in the NBA are much bigger than 6’8″.

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