Morgantown, West Virginia – To be clear, Oscar Tshiebwe quit on his team and his coaches. He left Morgantown without saying a word, has been in hiding in Miami and deleted all of his social media accounts so that he’s essentially unreachable.
I hate to say it because I am such a fan of Oscar Tshiebwe the person, but there’s just no getting around the fact that he took the spineless, cowardly way out.
While in hiding, Tshiebwe entered the transfer portal. Now, several major programs are in contact with him and actively courting a player that just flat-out quit on his team. These programs, of course, are desperate and/or used to shady dealings.
In a report from Travis Branham of 247 Sports, several high major programs have been in contact with Tshiebwe since he entered the portal yesterday. Clemson, Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, NC State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Utah and Western Kentucky, among many others, have all reached out to Tshiebwe in the past 24 hours.
It’s a sad indictment of college basketball. Coaches of major programs are totally willing to add a player that literally walked away from his team in the middle of a season simply because he is talented.
According to the report by Branham, “Tshiebwe will begin Zoom meetings with college programs and soon after will cut his list down to ‘three to five’ schools by the end of the week with the goal to make his decision this weekend.”
In other words, Oscar Tshiebwe is going to once again be promised the world by coaches and college basketball programs that ultimately only cares about wins and losses. He’ll be told that he will start immediately and they will put him in position to be successful not just in the college game but also prepare him for his future in professional basketball.
Unfortunately for Oscar Tshiebwe, this won’t end well. He had a very good situation at West Virginia with coaches that truly cared about him. I truly hope that I’m wrong, but his decision to walk away from the Mountaineers really feels like the beginning of a downward spiral to his basketball career.