Tshiebwe Announces Landing Spot

West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) clears space against Duquesne's Bailey Steele (44)
West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) clears space against Duquesne's Bailey Steele (44)

A little over a week after he left the Mountaineer men’s basketball team, sophomore forward Oscar Tshiebwe has found a new home – the University of Kentucky.

“I am grateful for the time I spent at West Virginia, and the lessons that I learned,” Tshiebwe tweeted Sunday night. “I’ve spent a lot of time praying to God to help me make the best decision for my future. I am excited for this new chapter of my life. I will continue my career at the University of Kentucky.”

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The 6-foot-8, 258-pound native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo started each of WVU’s first 10 games this season, averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds before it was announced on Jan. 1 that he had stepped away from the program.

As a freshman, he started all 31 games for the Mountaineers, leading the team in both scoring (11.2 points per game) and rebounds (9.3 per game).

He had 10 double-doubles in his first year at West Virginia but managed just two this season.

Shortly after one of his best performances this year – a 12-point, 15-rebound effort in leading West Virginia to a 73-51 victory over Northeastern on Dec. 29 – Tshiebwe left the Mountaineers.

“Outside influences, 100% outside influences,” stated WVU head coach Bob Huggins when asked by the Mountaineer Sports Network’s Tony Caridi during this past weekend’s “The Bob Huggins Show” why Tshiebwe had left the program. “I think it’s the world we live in. It’s better to steal than it is to earn things. Take the easy way out.

“I think there were some people involved who saw where they could benefit, maybe profit, and worked very diligently at trying to get him out,” added WVU’s coach.

West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe (left) listens to assistant coach Erik Martin after a game

Tshiebwe can enroll at Kentucky when its spring semester starts on Jan. 25. He can begin practicing with the Wildcats immediately, but he will not be eligible to see any game action for John Calipari’s club until the start of the 2021-22 season.

“He texted me,” said Huggins during Monday’s regularly scheduled press conference when asked if he had spoken to Calipari about Tshiebwe’s transfer. “He didn’t ask me anything.”

Tshiebwe will still have three seasons of eligibility remaining once he gets into game action for the Wildcats.

 

 

 

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    A little over a week after he left the Mountaineer men’s basketball team, sophomore forward Oscar Tshiebwe has found a new home – the University of Ke
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    #134705

    So, as the old saying goes, with friends like that, who needs enemies!?

    #134707

    Cal will be Cal.

    #134757

    some of the posts i’v read say something about Tshiebwe wanting to play where he will better prepared for the NBA. Please…you can play in the NAIA, and if you are any good the NBA will come call…right???

    #134763

    Could it be possible that Huggins helped Calipari land transfer Oscar?

    He was going to leave WVU regardless, did Bob make a concession on Oscar’s behalf? Or do you believe he has completely washed his hands of him? One scenario suggests the two remain tight friends, the other suggest a sort of betrayal.

    #134764

    It’s a possibility

    #134779

    Huggs not saying anything about Oscar says a lot.  Doesn’t wish him luck.  Didn’t say he hoped he lands in a good program.  Didn’t say anything but he’s gone…… will not return to WVU.  Then no other comment.

    Even after he lands at KY I’ve not seen a Huggs comment.  You would think that the least he would say is my friend Cal will be a good coach for him.  Nope…… Nothing.

    #135014

    This move should help improve his fouling situation…

    im sure it will go from “ he has to be cognizant of his size and athletic ability”

    to

    “People have to expect a kid like this to play to his size and athleticism”

     

    he’s a diaper dandy now!

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