Oscar Tshiebwe tops The Almanac’s list of the 22-23 best college basketball players.

Oscar Tshiebwe tops The Almanac’s list of the 22-23 best college basketball players.


No one has repeated as college basketball’s national player of the year since Virginia’s Ralph Sampson did it in three straight years from 1981-83.

It’s definitely a Kentucky thing. Oscar Tshiebwe He aims to do so this season.

On Monday, Tshiebwe was placed first Almanac College Basketball’s Top 100 Player Rankings. Drew Tim (Gonzaga) Armando Bacot. (North Carolina), Marcus Sasser (Houston) and Hunter Dickinson Michigan finished 5th.

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In an anonymous poll of college coaches earlier this month as part of CBS Sports’ Candid Coaches series, Tshiebwe (33.7 percent) was voted second to Thiem with 43.9 percent of the vote.

In four exhibition games in the Bahamas in August, Tshebwe averaged 11.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line in 23.5 minutes per game.

Tshiebwe announced his return to Kentucky live on ESPN SportsCenter on April 20, becoming the first college basketball player of the year to return since North Carolina. Tyler Hansbrough. In the year in 2008 and is cementing UK’s status as a pre-season top 5 team heading into next season.

“God told me that he is not done with me yet. And he wants me to go back to work because he is not done with me in this place,” said Tshebwe. “So, I’ll be back again. Next year I’ll be for Kentucky. Next year I’ll be in Kentucky blue.”

Joining Anthony Davis (2012) Winner of the UK’s second Wood Award, Tshebwe swept all six major awards, becoming the school’s first unanimous National Player of the Year. Tshebwe has been named NBA Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, Oscar Robertson USBWA Player of the Year, NBC Player of the Year and Sporting News National Player of the Year.

The transfer from West Virginia averaged 17.4 points and 15.1 rebounds per game this season, becoming the first NCAA Division I player in 42 years to average 15 points and 15 rebounds.

He became the fourth player since 1975 to record 500+ points and 500+ rebounds in a season. Kenneth Farid Morehead State (2010-11), Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin (2008-09) and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon (1983-84).

Tshiebwe finished the season with 16 straight double-doubles, the longest U.K. record for game-by-game rebounding records held in 2011. In 1969, he finished the year with a new single-season school record 28 double-doubles.

Projected as an early second-round pick, Tshiebwe aims to improve his overall floor game to enter the lottery after another season in Lexington.

“We’ve got to get him working in the middle of the court, the foul line and the elbow area, and making basketball plays,” UK’s head coach said. John Calipari he said. He should be a better basketball player. He has to get the ball in the middle of the court and make basketball plays. He needs to stretch the court a little bit.”



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