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Oscar Tshiebwe Declares For Draft, Will Not Return

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

One of the most transcendent players to ever be a part of this storied program, has officially ended his journey as an active Wildcat. Whether it was shattering rebounding records, preaching at every church in town, or having the Kentucky fanbase at the end of his finger tip, Oscar Tshiebwe was one of one and his time here will be remembered greatly.

Over the past few months, it seems as if the Kentucky Basketball negativity has grown the worst since the Billy Clyde era. Today, after losing a two-time All-American in just as many attempts in the blue and white, the fanbase morale has seemed to hit a plateau as they readjust their focus onto next years roster construction.

With only *checks notes* Ugonna Kingsley and Aaron Bradshaw being the only two members of the front court currently expected to be on next years team, the long awaited team has a large void to fill with no real signs of optimism. With Bradshaw promised to play the "4" position, that only limits the team further for a role fans and coaches alike have gotten accustomed to watching. With no real way to express his importance during his time at UK, Tshiebwe finishes his career with 16.5 points per game with a field goal percentage of 56%, 13.7 rebounds per game and a legitimate case to be added to the rafters of Rupp Arena someday.

While the college and NBA world alike wait for 11:59 PM tonight, fans await decisions from Kentucky players Antonio Reeves and Chris Livingston in which neither are expected to return to college. Currently all of the UK draftees besides Cason Wallace are expected to go undrafted in several mock drafts, but could have agreements to go to the NBA as undrafted free agents. The 2023 NBA Draft will take place on June 22nd in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.



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