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Kentucky had the best prospect for moving basketball to market in the 2021-22 season.
West Virginia Center and former five-star prospect Oscar Chiboy, Kentucky, have committed to selecting Wildcats on offerings and benefits from Illinois, Miami (Florida) and North Carolina, among others.
After eliminating the remainder of the 2020-21 season, the newest Wildcat will have three years of eligibility starting 2021-22.
Chibuy, who is 6ft 9ft 260lbs from Congo, averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in ten matches as a sophomore before entering the transfer portal last week. The former five-star prospective player, who has an impressive wingspan of 7 feet 5, led West Virginia in scoring and rebounding with 11.2 points and 9.3 boards per match as a freshman, respectively. The campaign was the first year it won the All-Big 12 Second Team and All-Freshman Team honors, along with the All-Big 12 Preseason honor this season. CBS Sports listed the former WVU as the 15th player in college basketball ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Prior to his time in Morgantown, Tshiebwe was rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com, who listed the Outstanding Position 23rd and 26th overall in the recruiting category in the 2019 category respectively. ESPN listed him in its four-star nominee list and the 48th overall inductees in its class.
He also won the McDonald’s All-American title in 2019, a game in which he finished a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.
In the legendary All-American game, Tshiebwe tells KSR that he loves UK coach John Calipari and what the Kentucky Basketball Show has to offer.
“It was a difficult decision because I love Kentucky and I love Coach Calipari,” said Chiboy. “But I ended up in West Virginia because it’s a school I used to think about (growing up). I like the way they play, and I like the coach, and I love the program. That’s why I ended up going there.”
Had it not been for his signature with mountain climbers, he would have headed to Lexington.
Coach Calipari was telling me, ‘I want to train you! Come play for me! I will coach you and help you become a great player. I will help you reach your dreams. Kentucky was ranked second. “
It might not have been straightforward, but Tshiebwe eventually found its way to Lexington after a couple of short years as a move.
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Welcome home, Mr. Chiboy.