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BREAKING: Oscar Tshiebwe commits to Kentucky

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Kentucky has landed the top basketball transfer prospect on the market going into the 2021-22 season.

West Virginia center and former five-star prospect Oscar Tshiebwe has committed to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over offers and interest from Illinois, Miami (FL) and North Carolina State, among others.

After sitting out the remainder of the 2020-21 season, the newest Wildcat will have three years of eligibility starting in 2021-22.

Tshiebwe, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound center originally out of the Congo, averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in ten games as a sophomore before entering the transfer portal last week. The former five-star prospect, who boasts an impressive 7-foot-5 wingspan, led West Virginia in scoring and rebounding with 11.2 points and 9.3 boards per game as a freshman, respectively. It was a first-year campaign that saw him earn All-Big 12 Second Team and All-Freshman Team honors, along with Preseason All-Big 12 Team honors going into the current season. CBS Sports listed the former WVU center as the No. 15 player in college basketball ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Prior to his time in Morgantown, Tshiebwe was ranked as a five-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com, who listed the standout center as the No. 23 and No. 26 overall recruit in the class of 2019, respectively. ESPN had him listed as a four-star prospect and the No. 48 overall recruit in his class.

He was also named a McDonald’s All-American in 2019, a game in which he finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.

At the legendary All-American Game, Tshiebwe told KSR that he loved UK head coach John Calipari and what the Kentucky basketball program had to offer.

“It was a hard decision because I like Kentucky and I love Coach Calipari,” Tshiebwe said. “But I ended up at West Virginia because it’s a school I used to think about (growing up). I like the way they play, I like the coach, I like the program. That’s why I ended up going there.”

And had he not signed with the Mountaineers, he was headed to Lexington.

“Coach Calipari was telling me, “I want to coach you! Come play for me! I’m going to coach you and help you become a great player. I’ll help you reach your dreams. … Kentucky was second.”

It may not have been right away, but Tshiebwe ultimately found his way to Lexington two short years later as a transfer.

Check out the newest Wildcat’s highlights:

Welcome home, Mr. Tshiebwe.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

34 Comments for BREAKING: Oscar Tshiebwe commits to Kentucky



  1. Urincatland
    7:03 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome to the BBN family you man!



  2. nocode96
    7:04 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    Go Big Blue!



  3. mashman 93
    7:06 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT!! ALRIGHT!!! Congratulations on becoming a Wildcat Oscar. Huge news for us and next year we have a dude who can score in the post which Cal loves and he’s a beast!!!! GO CATS!!!!



  4. danielscott52
    7:07 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    I think KSR needs to be paying 24/7 for their stories.



  5. csnailnrun
    7:07 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    I’d be more excited if he didn’t have to play with recruiter Cal :/



    • GM1978
      7:10 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Cal does have a sorted track record with paint players at UK



  6. GM1978
    7:13 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    He’s gonna be an absolute nightmare in the paint——and he will help Sarr tremendously in practice



  7. JT55
    7:13 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    All they need now is a PG for next year



    • Corder
      9:47 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Askew will be back



    • mashman 93
      9:57 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Nolan Hickman is a pure pass first point guard coming in as a freshman Kentucky will be fine. The player to keep an eye on now is Hunter Salis(spelling) and he is down to Kentucky, Gonzaga, and North Carolina.



  8. UKinIN
    7:15 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    Odds he practices at UK for four months then we have to wait for him to make a draft decision?



    • ClutchCargo
      7:21 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Ha! I’d say that’s very likely. It will at least be a story on here.



    • 2andToodleLoo
      7:29 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Well played. A likely story no doubt.



    • mashman 93
      7:31 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Sure he will get a look but he isn’t projected in any first round mock drafts that I have seen. I just want one season of this dude at Kentucky with returning players and the nice mix of freshmen UK will be strong next year. GO CATS!



    • WKY Cat
      7:39 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      UKinIN no odds to it. Exactly what will happen.



    • BobbyBlue
      7:41 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Be just like with Dialo who the Cats had to wait on to decide if he wanted to jump or play at Ky.



    • BobbyBlue
      7:43 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Anyway it’s great news !



    • MississippiBlue
      9:04 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      Speaking of Diallo…he’s been playing great lately! I really wish our fan base wasn’t so mean to him! It’d be nice if had fond memories of his time at UK that could help us recruit other players in the NYC area.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:42 am January 11, 2021 Permalink

      Is that why the comments were disabled on the Diallo article; I thought someone had gone wild with the “prevent certain ideas from emerging into consciousness” button.



  9. Headhurts
    7:15 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    He’s a beast



  10. dwhite
    7:18 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome big guy.



  11. Ipeeblue
    7:21 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    I gotta pee now!!!!!



  12. kuhlkat
    7:26 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    Why did he leave W.V.? Cuz Huggs is an ass?



  13. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:46 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    Good get. Maybe they’ll start off better than 1-6 next year.



  14. Dave C
    8:06 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    Damn. When did this site become a hangout for 12 year old runny nosed, smart a$$ kids?



  15. waytolongcal
    8:33 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

    When did a mock draft determine if a UK player left for the draft/or left period in the last 5 years? That’s just the truth…. Good pick up for the Cats, welcome the young man to BBN!!!



    • mashman 93
      10:03 pm January 10, 2021 Permalink

      The players do look at their draft status during the year all of them do especially when they come to Kentucky and hope to be one and done.



  16. michaelb
    12:34 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

    He’s a force , thanks coach Huggins



  17. Miller45
    5:08 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    He looks like a defensive lineman