Thanks again to all the schools that have recruited me-- I finalize my final four pic.twitter.com/jALiVvd7JH— Oscar (@Oscartshiebw) August 26, 2018
Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers are continuing to build on their run of Sweet 16 appearances, this time by making the final four of one of the most coveted players in the nation, Oscar Tshiebwe.
Tshiebwe announced his final four on Twitter and the list is: Baylor Bears, Illinois Illini, West Virginia Mountaineers and Kentucky Wildcats. Baylor, Illinois and West Virginia have all offered Oscar but Kentucky hasn’t.
Following the summer AAU circuit, 247Sports.com updated their rankings and Oscar saw his stock rise further as he jumped over 50 spots and is now considered a five-star prospect and the #19 player in the nation. Oscar is the best player in Pennsylvania and the #5 center in the nation.
If you are unfamiliar with Oscar, you should know the Mountaineers have been all in on the center, who originally hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. The Mountaineers offered Oscar in 2016 and have shown considerable interest since then. Their interest has been rewarded as Tshiebwe has blossomed into one of the best players in the nation.
Here is what 247 had to say about Oscar during the summer.
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
Oscar has set his official visits and will visit the Mountaineers last, on October 5. He should make his decision soon after that and sign with his team during the November signing period. According to 247, the Mountaineers are the overwhelming favorites to sign Oscar.