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West Virginia Forward and Former UK Target Oscar Tshiebwe Enters Transfer Portal

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

One of the best big men in college basketball is saying sayonara to Morgantown. Could West Virginia’s loss be Kentucky’s gain?

A week after West Virginia announced Oscar Tshiebwe left the Mountaineer program for personal reasons, Jeff Borzello reports the talented power forward has entered his name into the transfer portal. Last season he averaged 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds as a true freshman, earning second team All-Big 12 honors. He led the Mountaineers in scoring and recorded ten double-doubles. CBS Sports ranked Tshiebwe as the No. 15 player in college basketball ahead of the 2020-21 season.

A 6-foot-9 250-pound McDonald’s All-American in the class of 2019, Tshiebwe’s two finalists were Kentucky and West Virginia. Tshiebwe may have initially wanted to attend UK, but his host parents were Mountaineer fans who also served as the host parents for West Virginia star center Sagaba Konate. It’s probably safe to say they influenced his initial decision.

“I love John Calipari,” he said at the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game. He told KSR’s Jack Pilgrim that’s if he did not end up at West Virginia, he would have committed to Kentucky.

Now that Tshiebwe is in the transfer portal, the power forward will be accepted with arms wide open by any school he wishes to attend. If that end up being Kentucky, there would be no need for Tshiebwe to apologize for initially spurning the Wildcats.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

21 Comments for West Virginia Forward and Former UK Target Oscar Tshiebwe Enters Transfer Portal



  1. IrishCat
    6:18 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    He’s an absolute beast, and I wanted him here the first time around. That being said, our front court will very likely include Ware, Toppin, Brooks, Collins and possibly even Jackson. Unless we have more departures than we expect, I say run it back.



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:31 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

      Jackson isn’t coming bac



    • IrishCat
      9:53 am January 6, 2021 Permalink

      Probably not, but I still like that group of 4. If we add another big to that group I’d like to see either an offensive stud or a project.



    • AmazzzingLarry
      2:55 pm January 6, 2021 Permalink

      Jackson is the only player on this roster that looks halfway ready for the NBA, although I am sure that Clark and Boston are entering the draft, too. I would also look for several unexpected transfers, possibly more than usual, as a large percentage of this team does seem to happy to be playing here.



  2. VilleCat11
    6:21 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    I trust the coaching staff to make the right decision if there is a decision to be made… I do wonder why coach Huggins was asked if he would return, his response was not a chance.. Makes me wonder what took place.. But he would be a nice get



  3. BBNBRIAN
    6:21 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    I followed this recruitment closely. I saw a Bam 2.0 when this kid was in high school. He had UK written all over him, undoubtedly it were the “hosts” that swayed him. I would still love to see this young man rockin’ Kentucky Blue!



  4. yoshukai
    6:22 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    I’ve heard he’s Miami bound , I wouldn’t get too excited.



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:32 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

      Source?



  5. Wild Turkey 101
    6:24 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    Can he join Kentucky this year?



    • CJKAssassin123
      6:48 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

      No by rule he has to sit out the semester which runs through April I think. He would not have to sit next year though. The transfer blanket rule unfortunately can’t be applied in this case.



  6. Ipeeblue
    6:31 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    I hope he goes to Louisville, we don’t need him, he SUCKS!! Our team is AWESOME BABY!! We will be cutting down the nets this year for sure!! 2021 NCAA CHAMPIONS!!



    • UKgrad80
      7:56 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

      Well we are losing to Vandy at half so I would lower those expectations.



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:34 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

      I pee blue too. I need to find an IPBA (I Pee Blue Anonymous) group. Let me know if you find one.



  7. BobbyBlue
    6:32 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    Lots of handler involvement the first time around.
    Could that be why Cal never went full bore after him ?



  8. zoupman
    6:46 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    Hard pass. Many red flags.



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:35 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

      Like what?



  9. UKgrad80
    7:57 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    Yes he sounds like trouble!



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:35 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

      Why?



  10. TBW3011
    8:00 pm January 5, 2021 Permalink

    Nice host family. Would be a nice gesture, but clearly doing it for their own gain.



  11. Ipeeblue
    1:15 am January 6, 2021 Permalink

    Let’s all pee



  12. Han
    1:41 am January 6, 2021 Permalink

    Given Cal’s friends with Huggy Bear, the only way Tshiebwe ends up here is if Huggins somehow is on really good terms with him and fully endorses the transfer for the kid’s own good.

    If there was some behavior issue or rules breaking or something, he’ll warn Cal off and Cal won’t be recruit him.