Morgantown, West Virginia – When Oscar Tshiebwe left the West Virginia Mountaineers and transferred to play for the Kentucky Wildcats, Bob Huggins was clearly unhappy and expressed his frustrations openly.
“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. “So, we’re fine.”
Huggins also questioned Tshiebwe’s work ethic and said that he was not as committed during his sophomore year as he was in his freshman season. Tshiebwe averaged 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a freshman and then averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds through 10 games of his sophomore season before quitting on the Mountaineers.
Well, it appears that Kentucky head coach John Calipari is experiencing the same issue in Tshiebwe’s second season at Kentucky.
“Oscar hasn’t been in the gym as much this year as he was last season. He’s got to get back in there and be committed again.”
Tshiebwe, who was the national player of the year last season, averaged 17.4 points and 15.2 rebounds per game while shooting 60.6 percent from the field for the Wildcats. This season, Kentucky is 11-6 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, and Tshiebwe’s numbers have dropped off, averaging 15.9 points, 13.1 rebounds per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the field.