WVU Signee Oscar Tshiebwe Named To McDonald’s All America Team
West Virginia men’s basketball signee Oscar Tshiebwe has been named to the prestigious McDonald’s All-America Boys Basketball Team, and will participate in the contest on March 27 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Tshiebwe is one of the 24 male players selected for the contest, which is split into East and West squads. Despite his high school location of Hermitage, Pa., he will compete with the latter team under head coach Kurt Keener of Gilbert (Arizona) Christian High School. More than 800 players were nominated for the boys and girls teams this season.
The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. ET tip, will be televised on ESPN2.
Tshiebwe is just the second WVU player to be selected for the game, which began in 1977. Forward Chris Brooks was picked for the 1986 game. and followed it with an excellent West Virginia career in which he averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. With 1,661 points, he is 12th on WVU’s all-time scoring list.
Since its inception, more than 1,400 players have competed in the McDonald’s games.
The game, which is preceded by the girls’ contest, is part of a three-day festival. A Fan Fest at Centennial Olympic park on Sunday, March 24, tips off the event. On Monday, March 25, the All Americans will showcase their skills at Wheeler High School during the annual Powerade Jam Fest, which can be seen on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Listed at six feet, eight inches and 230 pounds on the McDonald’s roster, Tshiebwe is one of two centers listed on the West roster, although a trio of tall forwards are on his team. James Wiseman (7-0, 230 lbs.), a Memphis signee, will be in the post along with Tshiebwe, while power forwards Matthew Hurt (6-8, 206 lbs., Undecided), Isaiah Mobley (6-9, 210 lbs., USC) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (6-9, 235 lbs., Villanova) will also vie for inside minutes.