Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe will return next season after reportedly earning massive NIL deal
Kentucky center Oscar Tshiebwe, who was named National Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season, is returning to Lexington for another year.
Here’s his announcement:
I’M BACK 🔵⚪️🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/mYgpDJredq
— Big O (@Oscartshiebwe34) April 20, 2022
Tshiebwe is the first Wooden Award winner to come back to school since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough in 2008. But unlike Hansbrough, Tshiebwe will be able to benefit from new rules governing student-athlete compensation.
With the NIL era fully in effect, Tshiebwe is expected to make $2 million next season. That’s according to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 20, 2022
Tshiebwe averaged 17.4 points and 15.2 rebounds per game, helping to lead Kentucky to a No. 2 seed. This was his first season in Lexington after spending the first two years of his collegiate career at West Virginia.
However, Tshiebwe was likely to be a first round pick in June’s NBA Draft. That means his $2 million NIL offer is likely very competitive with any potential non-guaranteed NBA contract he could have received.
His return certainly complicates matters for elite national programs like Duke and North Carolina. Kentucky will once again be in the mix amongst the top teams in college basketball in 2022-23.