Oscar Tshiebwe will be getting an NBA Draft evaluation with the possibility to return for his sophomore season.
The Mountaineer freshman made the announcement Wednesday night, releasing a brief statement on his Twitter account.
“First of all, I would like to thank God and my family for always believing in me,” Tshiebwe wrote. “I want to thank the WVU community, the coaching staff, and my teammates for the immeasurable lessons and guidance they taught me this past year.”
Tshiebwe is afforded the option to return to West Virginia due to an NCAA rule change in 2018, which allows players to return to their team no later than 10 days after the NBA combine if they declare for the draft.
His first year in the Old Gold and Blue earned national attention, averaging 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as he earned All-Big 12 and all-district honors, while sitting tenth on ESPN.com’s list of best college basketball players for 2020-21.
“Per NCAA rules, in order to gain feedback from people associated with the NBA, players are required to submit the necessary paperwork to request an evaluation,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “Oscar plans to do this while leaving open his option to return.”