Former WVU starter Oscar Tshiebwe did not hear his name called in last night’s NBA Draft.
Lexington, KY – Last night, 58 players witnessed their dreams coming true as they heard their names called in the 2022 NBA Draft. All 30 teams will put their future in the hands of these young men, in hopes that they can elevate them to new heights.
One player who was surprisingly not featured in the Draft was former Mountaineer and Kentucky starter Oscar Tshiebwe.
Following a 2021-22 season that saw him win the Naismith Collegiate Player of the Year award, many expected him to be one of the best players in the nation the following season. While he was, he was also considered to be a lock for the 2023 NBA Draft.
However, this did not come to fruition as Tshiebwe went undrafted last night – becoming the first Naismith winner to do so since 2000.
Oscar Tshiebwe is the only Naismith Winner since 2000 to go undrafted pic.twitter.com/HmGn29ZmVk
— College Basketball Report (@CBKReport) June 23, 2023
As of this moment, he has yet to be signed by any team. Surely a player of his pedigree will be given an opportunity at some point. But considering no team saw him worthy of a pick, he has an uphill battle from here if he hopes to find a home at the professional level in the United States.
Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates.