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Former Mountaineer Oscar Tshiebwe Wins AP National Player of the Year



Oscar Tshiebwe chases a Pitt player, 11/15/19. WVSN file photo

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. 

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.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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