West Virginia large man Oscar Tshiebwe leaves staff for private causes, Bob Huggins says he will not return


West Virginia sophomore Oscar Tshiebwe is stepping away from this system on account of private causes and will not return this season, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins introduced on Friday. Tshiebwe, a sophomore, is averaging 8.5 factors and seven.8 rebounds per sport this season.

“Did it catch me without warning? No. What can we going ahead? We’ll win extra video games,” Huggins mentioned in a gathering with the media shortly after the announcement. “I believe this offers us a possibility to have the ability to unfold the ground just a little bit extra. Offers Derek [Culver] much more room to work down there.”

Huggins was requested if there was an opportunity Tshiebwe would possibly return this season, to which he replied, “No, completely not. No return.”

A former five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American, Tshiebwe had an enormous freshman season final yr during which he averaged 11.2 factors and 9.3 rebounds, fulfilling expectations as a star recruit and on the spot affect addition. This yr, he was a preseason All-Large 12 choice and ranked No. 15 on the CBS Sports activities preseason prime 100 (and one).

However Tshiebwe this season has taken a backseat to junior large man Derek Culver, who’s averaging 14.1 factors and 9.9 rebounds per sport through the staff’s 8-2 begin to the season. Culver is averaging 27.6 minutes per sport whereas Tshiebwe has averaged fewer than 20 minutes per sport, a dropoff from his 23.3 minutes-per-game common final season.

His dip in manufacturing apart, Tshiebwe’s absence is nonetheless an enormous blow to a Mountaineers staff that has an actual shot at a Large 12 title this season. Culver’s position will little doubt develop transferring ahead, however the staff’s frontcourt — lauded this preseason as among the many finest within the Large 12 — now all of the sudden does not have anybody taller than 6-foot-7 in its common rotation with out him. It might make for a tough patch job for Huggins as league play continues.

“We have got guys which have labored their butts off all summer time to get a possibility,” Huggins added. “They get a possibility, I’m greater than assured that they are going to do an ideal job for us, so why would we screw that up?”

West Virginia is 1-1 in league play because it started two weeks in the past with a street loss to a top-10 Kansas staff and a 5 level win over Iowa State on its resume. It faces Oklahoma then Oklahoma State in consecutive video games within the upcoming week, each of which it’s thought-about a slight favourite in KenPom.com projections.



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