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WATCH: Oscar Tshiebwe sits down with “BBN Tonight”

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Oscar Tshiebwe transferred to Kentucky in January, but we’ve yet to really get to know the big man from the Congo by way of West Virginia. Earlier this week, “Big O” sat down with Anna Maria Tarullo of “BBN Tonight” to introduce himself to the Big Blue Nation. Among the topics the two discussed was his decision to leave West Virginia. Tshiebwe (the pronunciation of which we’ve confirmed is “Shee-bway”) said once he entered the transfer portal, there was really only one call he was waiting for.

“I wanted to talk to Coach Cal. That’s the place I wanted to go. When I heard that Coach contacted me, I said, ‘Yes!’ The first thing I asked him was, ‘Do you still have a scholarship for me?’ Coach said, ‘We have your scholarship. Come on, son.’ I was like, ‘Yes!'”

At 6’9″ 260 lbs., Tshiebwe will bring some much-needed size to Kentucky’s frontcourt. He told Tarullo he hopes his teammates will follow his lead when it comes to physicality.

“You’ve got to be the example to everybody. You’ve got to be the hardest worker,” he said. “Just because you deserve something doesn’t mean they’re going to give it to you. Sometimes you need to go get it. You need to go snatch it from somebody’s hands. ‘This is mine!'”

In listening to Tshiebwe, it’s clear having to sit out the second half of last season while Kentucky struggled wasn’t easy, which will make his debut as a Wildcat this fall even sweeter.

“I’ll be so happy to step on the court in Rupp Arena,” he said. “That’s my dream place, playing basketball. I’ll be so happy and I can’t wait to show these people what I can do to help this team.”

Same. Check out the full appearance below. The rest of the Kentucky media will get to talk to Oscar next week.



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4 Comments for WATCH: Oscar Tshiebwe sits down with “BBN Tonight”

  1. SuperTroy18
    12:25 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    We are gonna love this kid. He physically looks a lot like the guy at Illinois, (Cockburn?) that dominated the Big Ten. I really hope he can give us the post presence we’ve been missing for a while.

  2. Realme
    12:55 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    He is at a Karl Towns level of niceness and positivity.

  3. Bluehender
    2:20 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    It’ll be like that tag team partner who is getting the crap beat out of him and is finally able to tag out, when the Big O hits the floor. Go Cats!!!

    • Bluehender
      2:21 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      ….I can see him flying over the top rope right now.