The Kentucky Wildcats now has three 2019 commits, but who will be next is anyone’s guess at this point.
Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader thinks there’s a chance that the next Wildcat commit is four-star center Oscar Tshiebwe, if he gets a scholarship offer.
He has deep ties to the West Virginia program, but if UK offers a scholarship — and there’s a good possibility of that — it could be tough for him to turn down the Wildcats.
Tshiebwe is 6-9, 230 pounds. He’s the No. 56 player and the No. 12 center in the 2019 class on the 247 Sports composite. Roberts mentioned his ties to West Virginia, and the Mountaineers currently hold all 10 of Tshiebwe’s crystal ball predictions.
But John Calipari is known to completely alter recruitments when he steps in (much like he did with Kahlil Whitney just weeks ago). Calipari watched Tshiebwe near the end of the July live period, and has shown interest.
Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans previous said he thinks Kentucky will be the pick if they offer Tshiebwe. Seeing that and Roberts’ report, it’s safe to think Kentucky is in a very good spot for Tshiebwe if they make him a priority in 2019.
Elsewhere, 247 Sports spoke with Tshiebwe’s AAU coach, Tom Droney, who said Kentucky is working to setup a visit.
“Coach Cal has been very hands-on with Oscar in recent weeks,” Droney said. “They’re extremely interested. They want to find a way to get him on campus for a visit and that’s been discussed.”
While Tshiebwe awaits a Kentucky offer, he currently has 14 other offers, including an SEC offer from Ole Miss.