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Oscar Tshiebwe Transferring to Kentucky

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at West Virginia

In news that will come as a shock to many, West Virginia big man Oscar Tshiebwe is transferring to Kentucky.

This news comes one week after it was announced Tshiebwe would be leaving the Mountaineers program.

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.

Kentucky is known for its big men and its one-and-done players under John Calipari and now Tshiebwe will try to ride that Kentucky train to a lucrative NBA contract. However it won’t come until 2022 at the earliest. Tshiebwe will have to sit out the remainder of this season and will be eligible to play in the 2021-22 season.

The Mountaineers are coming off of a loss to the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. It doesn’t get any easier from here as West Virginia travels to Waco to take on No. 2 Baylor on Tuesday.

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