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UK to virtually meet with Oscar Tshiebwe; decision could come this weekend

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UK is making a run at the former five-star recruit.

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Things are moving fast with West Virginia Mountaineers transfer Oscar Tshiebwe.

Since entering the portal earlier this week, Tshiebwe has drawn interest from a host of programs, including the Kentucky Wildcats.

Now, Travis Branham of 247 Sports reports UK will have a Zoom meeting with Tshiebwe Friday night. Branham previously reported that the plan is for Tshiebwe to cut his list to 3-5 schools later this week, and the goal is for a decision on his next school to be made this weekend. Other schools in the mix include Clemson, Florida State, Indiana, Memphis, Miami, NC State and Tennessee among others.

A true sophomore and former Class of 2019 five-star recruit, Tshiebwe has averaged 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in seven games played this season, down from his averages of 11.2 points, 9.3 boards and 1.0 blocks per game as a freshman. His playing time has also been down from 23.3 minutes per game as a freshman to 19.9 as a sophomore, as he reportedly showed up to fall camp with conditioning issues.

Tshiebwe was named to the preseason All-Big 12 roster before the 2020-21 season began. He’s also a former McDonald’s All-American who strongly considered UK before ultimately picking the Mountaineers.

It’s still unclear how strong of a suitor UK is this time around compared to other programs, but it’s clear John Calipari has serious interest in the 6-9 center and Congo native. There are currently no predictions via his 247 Sports Transfer Crystal Ball.

With UK set to lose Olivier Sarr for next season, Tshiebwe would be a prime contender to be the starting center if he chooses to continue his college career in Lexington.

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