Will Calipari magic strike again? Kentucky reportedly in good shape to land prominent Big 12 transfer
Along with luring prominent high school recruits to Lexington, John Calipari has been no stranger to plucking well-known transfers to Kentucky, and the Wildcats may be set land one more.
West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe is leaning towards committing to Kentucky, a source told Jeff Goodman of Stadium. Earlier reports, including from 247Sports suggested that Kentucky was scheduled to host Tshiebwe on a Zoom call Friday night, according to 247Sports national recruiting analyst Travis Branham.
Tshiebwe, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound center, announced he was stepping away from the West Virginia program for personal reasons on Jan. 1 and officially entered the NCAA transfer portal four days later on Jan. 5.
Nearly a dozen schools are in the mix for the former 5-star recruit, who nearly picked Kentucky out of high school in 2018.
He averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds with two double-doubles in 10 games for the Mountaineers as a sophomore this season. He recorded 11 points and 16 rebounds in a win over VCU on Nov. 26, 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in 21 minutes on Dec. 2, and 12 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Northeastern in his final appearance on Dec. 29.
Cats Pause reported that the main factors that will go into Tshiebwe’s decision include coaching staff, player development, style of play, and conference. He will be eligible to play next season.