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New Name To Know: Oscar Tshiebwe

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We have yet another high school basketball star to keep a close eye on this coming season. Remember the name Oscar Tshiebwe because he has John Calipari’s attention and the interest is mutual. The Cats made Tshiebwe’s list when he trimmed it to eight finalists on Tuesday. He also named West Virginia, Kansas, Ole Miss, Baylor, Illinois, Georgetown and Virginia in that group.

So who is he?

He’s a four-star center out of Pennsylvania, originally from Congo, and currently ranked No. 12 at his position in the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. At 6-9, 230 pounds, he’s a monster inside with a game fit for YouTube. One scout told me, “He’s a bad man. He gets every rebound and dunks everything.”

Calipari got his first look at Tshiebwe last December in a 26-point winning effort for the then-junior. Cal has since been in contact after Tshiebwe blew up throughout the summer circuit, including a recent game in which he dominated James Wiseman with 24 and 13 in a head-to-head matchup at the Adidas Summer Championship.

West Virginia has been assumed to be the frontrunner due to his long relationship with Bob Huggins. Huggins was on Tshiebwe earlier than anyone and has hosted the big man in Morgantown on several unofficial visits.

But given Tshiebwe’s recent play on the big stage, John Calipari may want to throw his name in the mix with an offer from UK. If you watch the clips below, you’ll see why.

Facebook Live Recruiting Q&A

Basketball recruiting analyst T.J. Walker answers your questions and discusses D.J. Jeffries decommits, his dad calling UK unprofessional and where the Cats go from here with wing targets.

Hardly Committed E2: D.J. Jeffries Decommits

Hardly Committed E2: D.J. Jeffries Decommits

Back by popular demand, it’s Hardly Committed with T.J. Walker.  The world’s most popular Kentucky basketball recruiting podcast has plenty to talk about following the first UK decommittment of the John Calipari era.  T.J. explains why D.J. Jeffries backed out of his UK commitment, who the Cats turn to next, and…

— How does Jeffries’ decision affect James Wiseman?

— Other potential post prospects if Wiseman stays in Memphis.

— The best name on the Kentucky recruiting front in years: Kofi Cockburn.

— A name from the past reemerges: Orlando Antigua.

— When to expect UK’s next commitment.

— A Preview of Kahlil Whitney and Dontaie Allen’s unofficial visits.

— Diversity Day at The Office

Subscribe to Hardly Committed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app to get the podcast delivered directly to your phone.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play, and streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.

NCAA Reportedly Changes Summer Basketball Recruiting Calendar

After hearing the findings from the Commission on College Basketball, the NCAA is reportedly moving to change to the summer basketball recruiting schedule in 2019.

The report from Matt Norlander of CBS Sports goes into great detail about the nuances in play.  The ultimate goal is to slowly step back from “non-scholastic events,” a.k.a. AAU tournaments sponsored by shoe companies, like the Nike’s Peach Jam.

If this legislation is passed, coaches will be limited from three non-scholastic events to only one in the month of the July.  They will have five days to attend the Nike, adidas and Under Armour Championships.

Coaches will receive a second weekend to scout players in a live recruiting period, but this will take place at a sanctioned camp, coordinated by the NCAA, USA Basketball, the NBA and the NBA Players Association.  Adding a collaborative camp to the equation along with NBA officials is an idea John Calipari has championed.

To make up for the lost weekend of live recruiting in July, the proposal would give coaches an extra weekend in April to complete in-home recruiting visits with prospects.  Under the current rules, coaches could not visit recruits until after they completed there junior year.  Coaches would also get two three-day periods at the end of June to see recruits in non-scholastic events.

This new recruiting calendar is not finalized, but Norlander reports the motion is set to pass on August 8.  For more details, read the entire CBS Sports report.