The Kentucky Wildcats were led by star center Oscar Tshiebwe last season, who led the team all the way to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. He entered his name into the 2023 NBA Draft, but left the option open to return to college. His decision will come later on Wednesday night, but reports emerged that may have leaked his potential decision ahead of time.
Tshiebwe has been a force at the college level since transferring to Kentucky from West Virginia. He was named the 2022 Wooden Award Winner, which is given to the most outstanding player in college basketball.
There is no doubt that Tshiebwe has been an outstanding collegiate player. However, there are concerns about how his ability will translate to the NBA level.
Despite this, reports have emerged on Wednesday that Tshiebwe is expected to stay in the 2023 NBA Draft class. The Stadium’s Jeff Goodman detailed on social media that a source says that Tshiebwe is “done with college”.
Kentucky big man Oscar Tshiebwe will make an announcement at 5 pm, and all signs point to Tshiebwe staying in the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium.
“Unless something crazy happens, he’s done with college,” one source told @Stadium
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 31, 2023
This is seemingly a big blow for Kentucky if Tshiebwe does indeed decide to stay in the draft. He is one of five Kentucky players that have entered the 2023 NBA Draft.
Tshiebwe is an old-school center with very little shooting ability at the college level. This hasn’t exactly been a recipe for success as of late in the NBA, but we will likely see if any NBA team decides to take a chance on him at the draft in June.