LEXINGTON, Ky. — The wait is over, and it is excellent news for Massive Blue Nation.
Kentucky basketball’s first consensus Nationwide Participant of the 12 months in program historical past is coming again for one more season in Lexington. Oscar Tshiebwe introduced he’ll be again within the blue and white for the 2022-23 season on ESPN Wednesday afternoon. He’s the primary unanimous participant of the yr to return to high school the next yr since Tyler Hansbrough did so at North Carolina in 2008.
“God has informed me He isn’t accomplished with me but,” Tshiebwe stated on SportsCenter. “He informed me He wished me to return and simply to work as a result of He’s not accomplished with me on this place but. So, I’ll be again once more. I’ll be right here subsequent yr for Kentucky. I’ll be within the blue in Kentucky subsequent yr once more.”
Massive O’s resolution has been the No. 1 query on Massive Blue Nation’s thoughts for the reason that season got here to an early finish, however Tshiebwe remained constant. He at all times stated he would take his time, pray about it, and make an announcement concerning his plans for subsequent yr as soon as he was prepared.
Within the meantime, he discovered loads of methods to remain busy.
Packed home tonight in Harrodsburg for the Go Inform America occasion, the place the consensus nationwide participant of the yr Oscar Tshiebwe is anticipated to discuss his religion and what it means to him. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/b1z1QRC5m9
— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) April 10, 2022
Up to now few weeks, Tshiebwe has preached at church buildings round Kentucky, spoken at faculties, carried out a baptism, traveled the nation gathering his trophies, and was even named a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Andy Beshear:
Tshiebwe not solely averaged a double-double final season, however he did so with a substantial margin – averaging a team-best 17.4 factors and a nation-leading 15.1 rebounds per sport.
He ended the season with 16 straight double-doubles, the longest streak since full game-by-game rebounding data had been saved courting again to 1969 for the Wildcats. He totaled 28 double-doubles this season, which is a brand new UK single-season document.
On the defensive finish, Tshiebwe was the one main convention participant who averaged at the least 1.6 blocked photographs and 1.6 steals per sport in the course of the common season. He additionally grew to become solely the third participant in program historical past to amass at the least 500 rebounds in a season, ending the yr with 515 whole boards.
To see the whole checklist of Tshiebwe’s honors from final season, click on right here.
Nevertheless, it was additionally the way in which Oscar acted off the courtroom and away from the sport that made him so lovable throughout the Bluegrass. He grew to become recognized for his infectious smile, his fierce dedication to his religion, and his unwavering willingness to remain late after a sport to take footage and signal autographs with the followers.
The fan base that collectively grew to like Oscar as a lot as any participant at school historical past will get one other yr with him, and Kentucky basketball is best off for it. His impression on and off the courtroom was irreplaceable on final yr’s group. Now, this system would not need to attempt to exchange it.
As an alternative, Kentucky’s coaches, gamers, and followers can merely take pleasure in one other season of every little thing Tshiebwe brings to the desk, and with one other yr of collegiate basketball below his belt, the sky is the restrict for Oscar.
Tshiebwe will sit down with BBN Tonight this night for an unique interview. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on LEX 18 Information, the official station for Massive Blue Nation, stream dwell on LEX18.com or watch afterward BBNTonight.com.