Kentucky Has Entered the Oscar Tshiebwe Sweepstakes

Morgantown, West Virginia – Since Oscar Tshiebwe left Morgantown, West Virginia during Christmas break, he has been holed up in South Florida in the Miami area.  He has removed himself from all social media and has not answered media requests for interviews.

Yesterday, Tshiebwe officially entered the transfer portal.  Having done this, he is now free to begin talks with potential schools to transfer to.

According to The Herald-Leader, the University of Kentucky was among the first schools to reach out to Tshiebwe, a former Wildcats recruiting target who took an official visit to Lexington during his initial recruiting process.

However, Bob Huggins and John Calipari and Bob Huggins are close, personal friends, and the way that Tshiebwe decided to leave Morgantown may negatively impact his chances of landing in Lexington.

Tshiebwe’s final four schools out of high school were West Virginia, Illinois, Baylor and Kentucky.  Although it was widely reported that Tshiebwe would likely choose the University of Miami to transfer to, it now appears that he’s going to carefully weigh his options.

Andrew Slater, a national recruiting expert, said the following on social media last night: “Oscar Tshiebwe will review his college options.  He plans on cutting it down to a select 6-7 programs and conduct Zoom meetings with the finalists.  The sophomore, who played for Wildcat Select and Kennedy Catholic before playing for the Mountaineers, plans to enroll in the second semester of the school of his choice.”

 The sweepstakes to land Oscar Tshiebwe, an extraordinarily gifted athlete with an incredible motor, has only begun.  Many teams will be looking for someone with his size and skill to add to their roster and it looks like some of the most accomplished programs in the country will be in line to land him.