Oscar Tshiebwe, who recently stepped away from the West Virginia University men’s basketball team, announced on Twitter Sunday that he will play hoops at the University of Kentucky.
“I am grateful for the time I spent at West Virginia, and the lessons that I learned,” Tshiebwe tweeted. “I’ve spent a lot of time praying to God to help me make the best decision for my future. I am excited for this new chapter of my life. I will continue my career at the University of Kentucky.”
Tshiebwe, who won a pair of PIAA championships at Kennedy Catholic, made an immediate impact on the Mountaineers’ program last year as a true freshman (23 minutes, 11 points and 9 rebounds per game).
His playing time (19 minutes) and production (7.8 points, 8.5 rebounds) dipped in spite of 12-point, 15-rebound double-double in what would prove to be his last game for WVU – a 73-51 rout of Northeastern on Dec. 29.
• Tshiebwe’s former teammate Maceo Austin stepped away from the Duquesne University men’s basketball team.
Austin and Sincere Carry each stepped away hours before a game against Fordham in Pittsburgh on Saturday. A third guard, Lamar Norman, entered the transfer portal Jan. 5.
A Duquesne spokesman told the Tribune-Review that Carry “has decided to take time away from the program.” Austin has “stepped away for personal reasons,” the spokesman said.
Austin, a sophomore who won four state championships at Kennedy, started 29 games last season. He has made four starts this year and is averaging 4.8 ppg.
Carry, a three-year starter, was a 2nd Team All-Atlantic 10 selection last year after averaging 12.2 ppg. and leading the team in assists (158). This year, he was averaging 9 ppg. and 4 apg.
• The ACC announced Sunday that Wednesday’s Pitt vs. Georgia Tech has been postponed. The postponement follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Georgia Tech program.