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West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe Leaves Basketball Program

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at West Virginia

West Virginia Mountaineers sophomore Oscar Tshiebwe is stepping away from the Mountaineers’ program due to personal reasons.

In a statement on Friday morning, head coach Bob Huggins said, “Oscar has our full support, and we certainly wish him the best during this time.”

In a press conference on Friday, Huggins was asked if there was any chance for Tshiebwe to return to West Virginia, and Huggins responded immediately with, “No.”

This all comes on the heels of news that a transfer was possible for Tshiebwe, but the statement from West Virginia does not specify his next move.


Oscar Tshiebwe was one of the best freshmen in the country last season averaging 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. After the season ended abruptly due to COVID-19, he announced he would enter NBA draft. However he eventually withdrew his name and returned to West Virginia.

He’s seen a dip in numbers across the board. averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds this season, while playing less than 20 minutes per game.

This is a huge loss for the Mountaineers, who announced earlier this week that forward Isaiah Cottrell would miss the rest of the season due to injury.

The Mountaineers are back on the court on Saturday in Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Tip off is set for 3:00 p.m. CST.

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