Prior to transferring to Kentucky, Oscar Tshiebwe played for Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers for a season and a half. Tshiebwe was an All-Big 12 player as a freshman and a preseason Wooden Award candidate as a Sophomore.
However, just 10 games into his sophomore season, Tshiebwe made the decision to transfer and committed to Kentucky. Tshiebwe cited two reasons for this in an interview with Sports Illustrated in the Spring.
First, Huggins’ play style was hurting Tshiebwe and limiting his opportunities. Secondly, Tshiebwe was not enjoying his time at West Virginia and no longer felt like himself.
At the end of the day, it appears that the change was best for both parties, but that isn’t keeping Bob Huggins from taking a shot at Tshiebwe.
On a post-game radio show on Thursday night, Huggins for short, threw Tshiebewe under the bus.
“We lost an alleged McDonald’s All-American because he didn’t like the fact that we were making him do things that were hard. So, we’re fine,” Huggins said.
In context, Huggins brought this up after talking about how all 14 players on the West Virginia roster wanted to play and the struggles within the team.
This is just poor form by a potential Hall of Fame coach, putting down a good 21-year-old college kid, trying to better himself and his family.
You know that they say, one man’s loss is another man’s treasure. That “alleged McDonald’s All-American”, now looks to be an All-American caliber player, averaging 18.3 points and a nation-leading 18.3 rebounds through his first three games.