MORGANTOWN, W. Va – (November 6, 2020) — A lot of players in college basketball are just trying to quickly go pro and make a living. Oscar Tshiebwe has the potential to go the NBA before graduating from WVU but wants to do more.
Is the “Big O” thinking about going pro after this year?
“I have to worry first about how we can win the championship this year than think about something else,” Tshiebwe said. “What’s on my mind is to get this championship this year, make everyone happy and then think about something else.”
This past off-season was a pivotal one for Tshiebwe. You hear coaches all the time say the biggest leap of improvement in college is from freshman year to sophomore year.
“It was tough, like most of the time I was just talking to Coach Huggins for help,” Tshiebwe explained. “I’ve been just working. There was not much to do than working, getting better.”
Oscar worked on his mid-range shot over the off-season. He noticed last season that teams would sag off of him when he had the ball at the foul line. The 6’9” forward joked that he hopes teams continue to sag off of him again this season.
Last year as a freshman, Tshiebwe averaged 11.2 points and pulled down 9.3 rebounds per game.
The Big O also shot 55 percent from the field.
On Thursday, Tshiebwe was selected to the 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award watch list.
“That’s kind of motivation to me like makes me try to work harder to be the best I can be to help this team the best I can,” Tshiebwe said.
“I’ll say something about what my dad used to say, ‘Just because you deserve something it doesn’t mean they’re going to just give it to you. You have to work; you have to go get it.’ It’s a motivating thing for me to work harder to show what I can do,” Tshiebwe added.
When the Mountaineers travel to South Dakota, you may notice something different about Oscar Tshiebwe. Recently, Oscar dyed his hair blonde.
“My hair, I just wanted it to look a little bit different,” Tshiebwe said.
Will this be Oscar’s permanent new look?
“I don’t know, I’ll probably after I get back from South Dakota, I will change it back to black,” Tshiebwe chuckled.
This season, Oscar Tshiebwe will attempt to lead the West Virginia Mountaineers to the national championship expectations this team has been tagged with early on.
Tshiebwe and the Mountaineers will start the year on Nov. 25 when they take on the Texas A&M Aggies at 2 P.M. in the first round of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.