The Mountaineers continue to build momentum after the 2018 Sweet 16 run. Now the No. recruit in the nation Oscar Tshiebwe has narrowed down his list to four and the Mountaineers are on there. Tshiebwe narrowed down his list to West Virginia, Kentucky, Baylor and Illinois.
Thanks again to all the schools that have recruited me– I finalize my final four???????? pic.twitter.com/jALiVvd7JH
— Oscar (@Oscartshiebw) August 26, 2018
After an impressive showing on the AAU circuit, Tshiebwe vaulted up the recruiting rankings. He moved up 50 spots in his national ranking to No. 19 and added a star, making him a five-star recruit according to 247Sports. He is the #5 center in the nation and the #1 player in Pennsylvania.
Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers have been all in on this guy from the beginning and it appears to be paying off. He is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. The Mountaineers gave him an offer back in 2016. It paid off getting in early as he has developed into one of the top recruits in the nation.
Here is more on Tshiebwe’s summer performance, per 247Sports:
Tshiebwe’s combination of athleticism, toughness, motor, and strength make him one of the toughest one-on-one matchups in the class. In fact, when going up against the best of the best in the 2019 class, Tshiebwe seemed to always come out on top, and really excelled during June and July.
There was no better example of this than at the adidas Summer Championships when Tshiebwe went head to head with No. 1 overall prospect James Wiseman, and not only did Tshiebwe hold his own, but he basically dominated the game. His motor and toughness are always there, and because of that the top players in the country know that facing Tshiebwe will make things very difficult on him every time they match up.
The official visits have been set for Oscar, with West Virginia scheduled for October 5 and getting the last visit. 247Sports has WVU as the overwhelming favorite to land the big man.