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The national player of the year is coming back for another season

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Oscar Tshiebwe is back!

There were a lot of rumblings leading up to yesterday’s announcement, but the reigning national player of the year confirmed yesterday that he will be returning for a senior season in Lexington.

One could argue convincing Tshiebwe to come back was one of the most important recruitments of the offseason, and Kentucky did just that by bringing back the top player in college basketball who finished the season with averages of 17.4 points and 15.1 rebounds per game (best in the nation).

Tshiebwe’s return gives Kentucky a big piece going into next season, with the other big piece being the looming Shaedon Sharpe decision.

And one big key to Tshiebwe’s return? The ability to earn NIL money.

A new merchandise line dropped yesterday, and if you’re happy Oscar is coming back, you should show it with a purchase.

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Let’s see history repeat itself.

Headlines

What does Oscar’s return mean for UK and college basketball? - Herald Leader

The NPOY returning is not very common.

Kentucky could be tops in the country if Sharpe returns - Cats Pause

That’s a big if though.

Five-star center Baye Fall hearing from Kentucky - KSR

A big man with a very high ceiling.

Devin Booker likely to miss Games 3 and 4 - ESPN

Hate to see it.

Jay Wright is retiring - Bleacher Report

No farewell tour for Jay...

Deebo Samuel could be on the move - Yahoo

Or not... we’ll see.

Jerry West doesn’t like his portrayal in new HBO series - CBS

Have you seen it?