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Former WVU Big Man Oscar Tshiebwe Commits to the University of Kentucky

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UPDATE – 7:10 p.m.

Former West Virginia big man Oscar Tshiebwe has officially announced on his Twitter that he will transfer to the University of Kentucky.

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Former West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe has committed to transfer to the University of Kentucky, Jon Rothstein reported Sunday night.

The announcement comes nine days after WVU announced that the 6-foot-9 Tshiebwe was stepping away from the team due to “personal reasons”. Just hours after the announcement, WVU coach Bob Huggins publically announced the sophomore would “absolutely not” return to the team this season.

Tshiebwe’s intentions became clear last Tuesday when it was reported he had officially entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Since then, it was reported that Tshiebwe had virtual meetings with Miami, NC State, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee.

After averaging 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds as a freshman in 2019-20, Tshiebwe regressed a bit in 10 games this season. He was averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds when he parted with the Mountaineers. He had just two double-doubles on the season but had scored 12 points in three of his last four games.

With the NCAA granting all players blanket eligibility for this season, Tshiebwe will have three seasons of eligibility remaining, although he clearly has NBA aspiration, entering his name into the draft following his freshman season.

WVU has adapted to using a smaller lineup in three games since Tshiebwe’s departure. Redshirt-freshman Jalen Bridges has started in Tshiebwe’s place in all three games. The Mountaineers are thin in the frontcourt as a result of Tshiebwe’s transfer and a season-ending injury to freshman Isaiah Cottrell.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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Fred Zara

Just another big mistake, IMO !!

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