Morgantown, West Virginia – Any way you look at it, Bob Huggins’ recent remarks about his former player and current Kentucky Wildcats forward Oscar Tshiebwe were petty.
Huggins referred to Tshiebwe as an “alleged McDonald’s All-American” and hinted at Tshiebwe being lazy. “We lost an alleged McDonald’s All-American because he didn’t like the fact that we were making him do things that were hard,” Huggins said after the Mountaineers’ 87-68 victory over Elon. “So, we’re fine.”
Not only is this comment petty, Huggins also must not have checked what Tshiebwe is doing this year. Tshiewbe is averaging 13.8 points and 16.5 rebounds per game and is a national player of the year candidate. He averages almost 14 points and over 16 rebounds per game after going scoreless and only getting 10 rebounds in a big win against Ohio last night.
Calipari, a friend of Huggins, took up for his player. “He’s averaging 20 rebounds per game,” Calipari said. “It’s hard to say he doesn’t work hard. He works hard.”