Oscar Tshiebwe Joins Elite Company With Latest Accolade

Kentucky basketball star Oscar Tshiebwe was named Naismith International of the Year, becoming the only player to join a Wildcats legend in the UK.

Oscar Tshiebwe’s immense debut season with Kentucky basketball was crowned with the greatest singles honor.

On Sunday, Tshiebwe was named Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year in recognition of his outstanding campaign.

He beat out Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji, Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis, and Iowa’s Keegan Murray for the honor.

Oscar Tshiebwe joins the elite company with the Naismith Award

Tshiebwe is only the second Kentucky player to take home the honor. Anthony Davis set the standard and Tshiebwe found a way to live up to it.

how did he do that? All it took was doing things college basketball hadn’t seen in 40 years. He averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds and set a Kentucky record with 28 double-doubles.

His 515 rebounds were the third most in a single season for the Wildcats of all time. Bill Spivey and Cliff Hagan surpassed him in the 1950s. Nobody else in the modern era of British basketball had even sniffed 500 rebounds. Julius Randle had 416 while Davis had 415.

Kentucky’s single-season record books are now littered with Tshiebwe’s name. He ranks first in offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds, second in player efficiency rating and winning percentages, third in box plus/minus, and fifth in field goal percentage.

Tshiebwe has pretty much reached every individual height. The only question that remains is whether he’ll go to the NBA or return with ultimate team performances in mind.

The Wildcats were shocked in the first round of the NCAA tournament when they were upset by No. 15 Saint Peter’s. The return of Tshiebwe for 2022-23 would give Kentucky a strong foundation to turn the script around in the next NCAA tournament.

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https://fansided.com/2022/04/03/kentucky-basketball-oscar-tshiebwe-naismith-award/ Oscar Tshiebwe Joins Elite Company With Latest Accolade

John Verrall

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