MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (November 13, 2020) — As the countdown continues before the first West Virginia basketball game on Nov. 25 (as of now), we will preview the sophomore class for the Mountaineers.
- Forward / 6’9″ / 260 lbs.
- Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Kennedy Catholic HS
The “Big O” comes into his sophomore campaign as a potential All-Big 12 First Team recipient and an All-American; the hype is well deserved.
Oscar Tshiebwe led the Mountaineers in points (11.2), rebounds (9.3), and blocks (1.0).
Tshiebwe’s breakout game happened against Pitt last season where he posted 20 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks.
The way that Tshiebwe moves at his size is amazing and scary at the same time. He is a freak of an athlete.
After bringing the Mountaineers back to a 20-win team, Tshiebwe was awarded with All-Big 12 second team and was on the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
Tshiebwe will look to once be a threat down low with junior teammate Derek Culver. Tshiebwe and Culver will look to be one of the best front courts in the country.
Miles “Deuce” McBride
- Guard / 6’2″ / 200 lbs.
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Archbishop Moeller HS
Deuce McBride, like Tshiebwe, had an outstanding freshman year. McBride was third on the team in points per game with 9.5.
Off the bench, Deuce McBride gave the Mountaineers a needed offensive spark as the sixth man. Now with Jermaine Haley graduated, the keys have been passed onto Deuce to take over the starting guard position alongside Jordan McCabe.
The 6’2″ guard was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team alongside his teammate and roommate Oscar Tshiebwe.
The Cincinnati native had his breakout game against THE Ohio State Buckeyes last December. This was a personal game for Deuce as he thought tOSU didn’t recruit him hard enough in his eyes.
Deuce took over the game in the final minutes of the Ohio State game while making Kaleb Wesson looking dumb when he hit the mid-range floater on him. We all know that picture of McBride doing the “Jordan shrug” after faking Wesson.
McBride finished with 21 points against his home state Buckeyes.
This class of Oscar Tshiebwe and Deuce McBride has the potential to be one of the best classes in school history. West Virginia fans will have to cherish these two and be patient with their pro-career aspirations.