Despite a report from CBS Sports Insider Jon Rothstein that said that Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver are both expected to return to West Virginia University next season, per Bob Huggins, it’s far too early in the process to say that this will definitely happen.
Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver are both expected to return to West Virginia next season, per Bob Huggins.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 24, 2020
In fact, according to a report in the Dominion Post yesterday, Huggins himself went against Rothstein’s Tweet: “Too soon”, Huggins said in a text message with the Dominion Post. While both players may have verbally informed Huggins that they intended to return, there is so much that could happen between now and next season.
Today’s player has a lot of other people in his ear and like we saw last season with Sagaba Konate, players get bad advice and can make bad decisions about their future.
Rothstein’s Twitter message was shocking to me since I personally spoke with Oscar Tshiebwe four days ago and he said, “This is not a good time to talk about that. There’s lot of things going on n the world right now and I don’t even know what the next step is going to be.”
Both players are likely leaning towards returning to West Virginia University, but they would be wise to look into the draft process and to be evaluated by NBA scouts. If they have a real chance at being drafted, they would then have a difficult decision to make.
Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver should do what’s best for themselves. Right now, it appears that coming back to West Virginia for another year makes the most sense for both of them, but so much can change between now and the start of next season.