WVU Signees Having Strong Senior Seasons
West Virginia men’s basketball recruit Oscar Tshiebwe was recently named to the roster for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game, which will be played on March 27 in Atlanta.
The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Tshiebwe will be one of 12 members for the West squad, which also will feature 7-foot center James Wiseman of East High School in Memphis (a Memphis signee), who is rated by many as the top high school senior in the country. Isaiah Stewart of La Lumiere School in Indiana (a Washington commit) and Vernon Carey of University School in Florida (a Duke signee) headline the East squad.
Tshiebwe, who signed a National Letter of Intent with WVU back in November, is averaging 22.5 points and 13.5 rebounds this season for Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, Pa. The Golden Eagles, who won the state Class A championship last year, currently hold an 11-3 record. They moved up to the Class 6A level this season, competing against the largest schools in Pennsylvania. They currently are ranked No. 2 in the state behind only Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School (12-4).
Tshiebwe will be just the second Mountaineer signee to ever play in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Chris Brooks, who scored 1,661 points in his WVU career (1988-91), was a member of an illustrious roster in the 1986 McDonald’s All-American Game that also featured the likes of J.R. Reid (North Carolina), Rex Chapman (Kentucky), Scott Williams (North Carolina) and Derrick Coleman (Syracuse).
Tshiebwe is also just the second Western Pennsylvania high school product to earn an invitation to the McDonald’s All-American Game, which first was played in 1977. Danny Fortson is the other. He grew up in Altoona, Pa., in central PA, but moved to Shaler Area in Pittsburgh for his final two years of high school. After playing three seasons at the University of Cincinnati (1994-97), Fortson went on to an 11-year NBA career (1997-2007).
Tshiebwe and Fortson have something else in common besides earning one of 24 roster spots in the annual McDonald’s All-American Game. Both also signed to play collegiately for Bob Huggins.
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Tshiebwe is one of two high school prospects to sign a Letter of Intent to play for Huggins’ Mountaineers’ next season.
Mile McBride, a 6-foot-2, 181-pound guard from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, also signed with WVU back in November, and he is having an outstanding senior season as well.
He’s averaging 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game for the Crusaders, who are currently 13-0.
Moeller won the Ohio State Division I (largest) high school boys’ basketball championship last year after finishing as runners-up the season before. The Crusaders are currently ranked No. 1 in the state of Ohio again.