Morgantown, West Virginia – Two former Mountaineers, Oscar Tshiebwe and Jordan McCabe, have moved on and are extremely happy at their new homes.
McCabe, who chose to attend UNLV for his final two years of eligibility, graduated from West Virginia University in three years and will now focus on his master’s degree in Las Vegas.
In addition, it’s expected that McCabe will compete to become the starting point guard at his new school.
“Coach Kruger, the head coach at UNLV, called me and said, ‘I have 1,000 names in the transfer portal that I could reach out to and you’re the first call I’ve made. So that felt good,” McCabe said on his podcast, Subject 2 Change.
McCabe’s new coach said that “when given a certain amount of freedom, that McCabe is an outstanding point guard and leader.”
McCabe, since leaving West Virginia, has expressed feeling suffocated in Bob Huggins’ offense and has made it clear that he should have done more research before choosing to play for the Mountaineers.
“I didn’t wait long enough out of high school. I didn’t look at systems and see where I might fit the best. Instead, I committed as a sophomore. That’s not to say that I made a completely stupid decision because I’ve learned a lot, but I should’ve waited.”
McCabe now feels that he will be able to play freely and will have an opportunity to be a key player for the Runnin’ Rebels next season.
”I’m just excited to be here! I just want an opportunity to earn my time on the floor and Coach Kruger obviously sees something in me. I’m just so, so excited and can’t wait to get started!”
Oscar Tshiebwe transferred to Kentucky in the middle of last season and, like McCabe, can’t wait to get started with his new team.
“I chose West Virginia over Kentucky and went to West Virginia, but Kentucky was my school, my favorite school, my dream school since my freshman year in high school,” Tshiebwe said. “I ended up choosing West Virginia but look what God did. He sent me to the place I always prayed for to be.”
Tshiebwe continued: “I feel like I was not happy anymore and everything was not good. I was not laughing. I was not enjoying my time anymore, but now I am at my dream school.”
Although it didn’t work out as planned for McCabe or Tshiebwe, it’s great to see that both are happy and ready to be key contributors at their new homes next season!