Oscar Tshiebwe is back with the Kentucky Wildcats.
After returning back to Lexington from his native Congo and quarantining upon arrival as a COVID-19 precaution, the redshirt sophomore forward was sighted on the practice floor today.
“I’m back!” Tshiebwe stated in the video.
.@Oscartshiebwe34 is back to work pic.twitter.com/FyV1mNE2mp— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 28, 2021
Not only did we see Tshiebwe on the floor, but it was revealed that the Wildcats are repping new practice uniforms.
Other notes of substance from Jalen Duren's photo from inside the Joe Craft Center:— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 28, 2021
- New practice jerseys for Kentucky this year
- Oscar Tshiebwe is out of quarantine and practicing with the team for the first time this summer pic.twitter.com/1QT7P2Mrlm
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the new uniform is there does not appear to be any signs of the unpopular checkerboard design.
As for Tshiebwe, he figures to replace Olivier Sarr as Kentucky’s starting center next season. He arrived in Lexington last January after starting the season at West Virginia but had to sit due to NCAA transfer rules.
During his freshman season of 2019-20, Tshiebwe earned All-Big 12 Freshman honors after averaging 11.2 points per game with 9.3 rebounds.
Also of note, top-ranked prospect Jalen Duren is on UK’s campus taking an official visit. Many expect Duren to choose the pro route, but with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signing an executive order to allow NCAA athletes to profit off their name image and likeness, there may be a chance he ends up in Lexington where he can both get the college experience and profit off his name.
Back to work pic.twitter.com/qnNGiacp9m— Big O (@Oscartshiebwe34) June 28, 2021
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