Oscar Tshiebwe’s 2023 NBA Draft decision sparks media discussion about Kentucky basketball star’s future

Kentucky big man and 2022 National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe declared for the 2023 NBA Draft Friday while maintaining his final year of college eligibility. A West Virginia transfer, Tshiebwe has starred for the Wildcats each of the past two seasons. He has one year of eligibility remaining due to the 2020-21 season not counting as a result of the pandemic. For more on Tshiebwe’s decision to declare, read the latest from CatsPause.

In 66 career games with the Wildcats over two seasons, Tshiebwe averaged 16.9 points and 14.4 rebounds en route to becoming just Kentucky’s ninth two-time consensus All-American.

“I’m probably going to say sorry to Big Blue Nation because when I came here, my dream was to do something great. But two years in a row, it did not happen,” a dejected Tshiebwe said after the Wildcats’ 75-69 loss to Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last month. “Not everybody is able to make their dream true. For me to be here for two years, I just give all the glory to God. I am very appreciative for Kentucky and everybody for the opportunity.”

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After Tshiebwe’s decision, plenty of reaction from the media poured in: