Morgantown, West Virginia – If you, the reader, were an incredibly gifted athlete with real aspirations to play basketball professionally, you would likely put yourself in the very best position possible to do so.
The bottom line is that Bob Huggins has put 3 players – Kevin Jones, Joe Alexander and Jevon Carter – in the NBA in his thirteen years at West Virginia. Da’Sean Butler was selected by the Miami Heat with the 42nd pick in the 2nd round of the 2010 NBA Draft, but never made an NBA roster.
In his ten seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari has had 38 players selected in the NBA Draft, the most of any school in the country by a wide margin.
What would you do?
Oscar Tshiebwe isn’t a quitter, like so many West Virginia fans have suggested since he left Morgantown during Christmas break. He’s a young man from a very poor country that wants to do everything he can to live his dream of making money playing basketball, and you just can’t blame him for that.
This isn’t the same as Sagaba Konate, who threw away his career for a very small chance at being drafted in the NBA. Oscar Tshiebwe put himself in the best position possible to play professionally and help his family back in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Who could blame him?