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Oscar Tshiebwe Named Sporting News National Player of the Year

The awards are just starting to pile in now for Oscar, deservedly so. I'm not sure there has ever been a transfer that has benefited so greatly in just one season from simply transferring into a new system that benefits his abilities on the basketball court to such high degree. I smile a little bit thinking on how bad Bob Huggins is beating himself up over losing a player as talented as Oscar Tshiebwe has been, when he literally had him on his roster for 36 months.

After spending two seasons at West Virginia, then transferring mid-season his sophomore year to Kentucky, the now Wildcat said, “I am blessed to be here today, doing what I’m doing today... I’m where God wanted me to be now.”

After a complete season in Lexington, Sporting News has decided to name Oscar Tshiebwe as their National Player of the Year. He becomes just the second Wildcat to earn the honor from the publication, dating back to 1943 when they first created the award. The only other Wildcat to win the award was, you guessed it, Anthony Davis.

Some other notable Sporting News POTY award winners are George Mikan (1945), Bob Kurland (1946), Oscar Robertson (1958-60), Michael Jordan (1983 and 1984) as well as Anthony Davis mentioned earlier. That sounds like some good company to be paired with if you ask me.

Just twenty-four hours ago Oscar took home the SEC Player of the Year award as well. He's the favorite to keep adding more Player of the Year trophies to his resume as college basketball is nearing an end with the postseason tournaments taking place.



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