LEXINGTON, Ky. — Forward and consensus international of the year from Kentucky Oscar Tshiebwe said Tuesday he “absolutely” expects to be ready for the No. 4 Wildcats’ season opener after undergoing surgery on his right knee earlier this month had undergone.
The 6-foot-9 senior spoke for the first time since Wildcats coach John Calipari took to social media to announce the player would have a “minor” procedure on his knee to “clean up some things.”
Tshiebwe entered the media day training ground without crutches, but wore a flexible knee brace over brightly colored compression stockings.
As usual, Tshiebwe was upbeat and upbeat.
“To be honest, I don’t think I’ll miss playing games other than exhibition because it’s not really necessary for me to do that,” he said.
The Associated Press All-America shortlist averaged 17.4 points and a national-leading 15.1 rebounds last season en route to being named AP Player of the Year and the other five national honors for the college’s top player – Win basketball. The DRC native said he returned for another season to help Kentucky win the national championship and expand his game to bolster his stocks for next year’s NBA draft.
He looked dominant during a team practice session in front of NBA scouts on Oct. 9, but was ruled out of the previous and subsequent practices before the inquest. Tshiebwe underwent surgery this week and missed Big Blue Madness’s public practice in Kentucky and last Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage in Pikeville, Kentucky to help flood victims.
Calipari had no timetable for Tshiebwe’s return but said he is moving and just needs to stay on his feet. Kentucky hosts Howard on November 7th.
“When he trains it can swell but it goes away and that’s it for now,” Calipari added. “But he tells me: ‘I feel good, my leg feels good, I don’t have the same pain as there.’
“We won’t hold him back, but we won’t push him forward either.”
https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/34877297/oscar-tshiebwe-anticipates-playing-kentucky-season-opener Oscar Tshiebwe anticipates playing Kentucky’s season opener