The official visits are completed and now all that is left is the decision for five-star center Oscar Tshiebwe. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage, Pa.) star, born in Congo, returned home from his official West Virginia visit on Monday and will make a final decision in 7-10 days, his coach Tom Droney told KSR.
A decision date in that 7-10 day window will be decided on after this weekend.
WVU is the heavy favorite in Tshiebwe’s Crystal Ball logging 90 percent of the picks, but UK is thought to be right there with West Virginia. The Mountaineers have been recruiting Tshiebwe for years, but we’ve been told that Tshiebwe is impressed by UK’s pitch and track record with bigs. In what seems to be a head vs. heart decision for Tshiebwe, WVU continued to work on strengthening that bond over the weekend.
“Oscar had a good, productive visit at WVU,” Droney said. “He has obviously been to campus many times but this was his first time getting a tour of the campus, seeing school buildings, and getting to spend more time with the team away from the basketball facilities.
“He’s going to make his decision in 7-10 days and now he is weighing the pros and cons of all his options.”
Tshiebwe is also considering Baylor and Illinois, but those two schools are longshots to land a commitment from the bruising center.
Droney said coaches will be permitted to get in final pitches this week, so don’t be surprised to hear of coaching staffs from all four schools coming and visiting Tshiebwe one final time. John Calipari has already visited a couple times.
Droney told KSR last month that he believed WVU was the leader (before his visit to UK) but it’s unclear where things stand now.
“I don’t think there is a leader at this junction,” he said.