Feels like home: West Virginia transfer Tshiebwe joins Wildcats

Big man won't be eligible to play until next season but can practice

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky is already working on next year’s roster.

 

The Wildcats officially added 6-foot-9 West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe to the roster Thursday. Tshiebwe will join the team immediately, but won’t become eligible until next season.

 

Tshiebwe, a freshman, said, “Kentucky just felt like the perfect place for me."

 

“I love the way they play, the coaches’ players-first approach and just how Kentucky felt like home to me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to coming in and helping the team this year in practice and I can’t wait to compete for Big Blue Nation.”

 

The Wildcats recruited Tshiebwe two years ago before he signed with the Mountaineers. He averaged 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season. He helped lead West Virginia to a 21-10 record last season.

 

“We recruited Oscar two years ago and absolutely fell in love with his effort, his energy and his desire to improve,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Oscar has a rare combination of strength and skill with tremendous length, not to mention he’s a wonderful kid. There is no question his time at West Virginia was well spent playing for a terrific coach and friend in Bob Huggins. Oscar won’t be able to play for us this season but we’re looking forward to getting him here and be a part of this culture. He will really help us in practice.”

 

Tshiebwe was off to another solid start this year averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. In his last game on Dec. 29, he recorded 12 points and 15 rebounds in 21 minutes for the Mountaineers.

 

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.

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