After returning from an unbeaten tour in Spain, WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins provided some clarity on an issue that prevented freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe from accompanying the team overseas.
Huggins confirmed Wednesday that it was “just a visa issue” that prevented Tshiewbwe, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, from making the trip to Spain with the team. The head coach added that he doesn’t foresee this issue becoming a problem again for the freshman big man.
“We didn’t really try to give up on it until, really, the day of or the day before,” Huggins said. “It’s not gonna be a problem. It was that particular time.”
The Mountaineers are slated to play two games outside the U.S. during the regular season. They’ll play a pair of contests in Mexico at the end of November. Huggins said the team will sort out any lingering issues with Tshiebwe’s visa before then.
ORIGINAL STORY (Published Aug. 4):
WVU men’s basketball has arrived in Spain, but the team’s top freshman didn’t make the trip.
According to a statement from the team, freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe was unable to travel for West Virginia’s NCAA-approved European tour due to visa restrictions.
Read part of the statement from sports information director Bryan Messerly below:
“West Virginia University men’s basketball forward Oscar Tshiebwe did not travel to Spain due to visa restrictions. The WVU freshman hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
The Mountaineers arrived in Spain early Sunday morning, and they’ll play their first of three contests Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET against the Madrid All-Stars. All three games will be livestreamed by FloHoops.