Oscar Tshiebwe did it. The former West Virginia big man took home the AP National Player of the Year award on Friday afternoon.
“That sounds amazing, I am so happy. I know it’s something I’ve been working on and trusting God,” Tshiebwe told the Associated Press.
BREAKING: Oscar Tshiebwe of @KentuckyMBB is the Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year.
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Tshiebwe shares key advice he received from his father: pic.twitter.com/kJGGvKsLX9
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) April 1, 2022
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 17.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks in 34 games for Kentucky this season. Tshiebwe shot 61 percent from he field, leading the Wildcats to a 2-seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Tshiebwe was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year a few weeks ago. Now, he’s taking home a national award.
Tshiebwe transferred from West Virginia on New Year’s Eve in 2020. On a bad note, WVU head coach Bob Huggins said that Tshiebwe just left in a van after the previous game and went to Kentucky without having any closure. Tshiebwe played 41 games for the Mountaineers, averaging 10.6 points and 8.9 rebounds.