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.