Tshiebwe, McBride Team Up In Scott Brown Classic
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sunday’s Scott Brown Memorial All-Star Classic at University High in Morgantown was the first time Deuce McBride and Oscar Tshiebwe have ever played a basketball game together.
McBride and Tshiebwe didn’t disappoint any of the nearly 800 fans who showed up to watch them on Sunday.
A 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward, Tshiebwe has played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit in recent weeks.
“It’s been a good experience,” said Tshiebwe of the recent all-star games. “I got to play against the top players from around the country and around the world. It was fun.”
Oscar scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds in the McDonald’s game, which was played in Atlanta on March 23. Then this past Friday in Portland, Oregon, he scored four points and had three rebounds in the Hoop Summit.
He caught a plane out of Portland on Saturday and made the cross-country flight in time to be in Morgantown for the Sunday afternoon game.
There he put on a show.
It was technically his last game as a high schooler, and he led his EIN National All-Stars to a 106-104 victory over the Mid-State Auto AAA All-Stars. The Kennedy Catholic (Pa.) High product topped all players with 35 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. He hit 17-of-27 field goal attempts, though he missed both his three-point tries.
“This game was fun. I played in Morgantown earlier this year, and it’s always fun to play in front of these fans. I love it here,” said Tshiebwe, who previously led his Kennedy Catholic squad to a 57-40 victory at Morgantown High in December.
Sunday he teamed up with McBride for the first time. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School, Deuce finished the game with 20 points, as he converted 7-of-14 field goals including 3-of-7 from three.
“He shoots the ball really well, and he dribbles the ball well coming off the pick-and-roll,” Tshiebwe said of McBride. “I like him. I think next year we’re going to be really good together.”
The soon-to-be Mountaineer guard was just as impressed with his big future teammate.
“He’s such a high energy, high character guy, I love being around him,” McBride said of Tshiebwe. “He’s elite, that’s for sure. He boards everything, blocks everything, dunks everything. He’s going to be a great, great fit for us.”
Mikal Dawson, a Huntington Prep product who is bound for Akron, scored 28 points to lead Mid-State, but McBride, Tshiebwe and EIN withstood a last second 3-point try to hang on for the two-point victory.
“This was really fun,” smiled McBride. “I wanted to come out in front of the fans and put on a show for everyone. I love Morgantown and love being here. It was a great atmosphere at this game. It was a great time.”
Tshiebwe took home the game’s MVP award and also won the dunk contest, hammering home two balls in one swoop. He impressed everyone in attendance Sunday, and he plans to bring that same level of effort to Bob Huggins’ team starting this summer.
“I rebound and run the floor and try to play hard all the time,” explained Tshiebwe, who is a native of the Republic of Congo. “I bring energy. That’s a big part of what I do.”
Tshiebwe will graduate from Kennedy Catholic on May 7 and then after a few days of rest, he’ll move to Morgantown to get his college career started. McBride will be a couple weeks behind that, as his graduation at Archbishop Moeller is slated for May 23, and a short time later he’ll enroll at WVU.