The nation’s top available transfer is officially off the market.
The Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball Team made the announcement on Thursday evening that West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe, a former five-star recruit out of high school and an All-Big 12 Second Team member during 2019-20, is now a member of the Big Blue Nation.
“Kentucky just felt like the perfect place for me,” Tshiebwe said, according to UK. “I love the way they play, the coaches’ players-first approach and just how Kentucky felt like home to me. I’m looking forward to coming in and helping the team this year in practice and I can’t wait to compete for Big Blue Nation.”
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 15, 2021
The 6-foot-9 center will join Kentucky for the 2021-22 season as he sits out the remainder of the 2020-21 season and he will have three years of college eligibility left. Tshiebwe was a fan of head coach John Calipari and the ‘Cats before choosing ultimately West Virginia but eventually found his way to Lexington after transferring on Jan. 10.
“We recruited Oscar two years ago and absolutely fell in love with his effort, his energy and his desire to improve,” Calipari said in the release. “Oscar has a rare combination of strength and skill with tremendous length, not to mention he’s a wonderful kid. There is no question his time at West Virginia was well spent playing for a terrific coach and friend in Bob Huggins. Oscar won’t be able to play for us this season but we’re looking forward to getting him here and be a part of this culture. He will really help us in practice.”
During his sophomore campaign with the Mountaineers this year, Tshiebwe was averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds before entering the transfer portal. As a freshman, he led WVU in both scoring and rebounding at 11.2 points and 9.3 boards per outing as he was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Tshiebwe joins a talented incoming recruiting class for the ‘Cats that also features Daimion Collins, Bryce Hopkins, and Nolan Hickman.
If you want to know more about Tshiebwe and what his commitment means for Kentucky going forward, make sure to check out Jack Pilgrim’s breakdown at the link here.