34 - Oscar Tshiebwe

6-9, 255 Power Forward/Center
Kentucky Junior
Birthday
11/27/99 (22.5 yrs)
Hometown
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
High School
Kennedy Catholic
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
7
Size
8
Defense
8
Strength
9
Quickness
7
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
10
Potential
6
Post Skills
7
Intangibles
7
91 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Trevor Booker/Danny Fortson

Strengths: Historically elite rebounder of the basketball both offensively and defensively … Has a high level understanding of positioning and uses that to find openings for rebounds … Extremely strong hands – if he gets his hands on the ball, it will almost never be knocked away … Has a quick second and third jump, which allows him to tip the ball to himself … Is a capable shooter out to about 17-18 feet … Has shown noticeable improvement in his footwork and post moves … Is able to get shots away even against length by utilizing good body positioning, different shot angles, and a quick release … Shoots a very good percentage from the field … Is willing to pass out of the post and does a good job of re-posting … Has developed better vision and passing out of the post as the season has progressed … Has a relentless motor on both ends of the court … Averaged 1.5 blocks and 1.9 steals per game as a disruptive force on that end … Good post defender who can also step outside and play defense on the perimeter without getting exposed too often … Rarely gets in foul trouble despite consistently being around the ball on that end …

Weaknesses: Lacks top level size (6 foot 9) and athleticism to be a can’t-miss prospect at the next level … Can look uncomfortable against longer players, especially when he can’t out-muscle them … Can get into a habit of trying to rebound his own miss before he’s even shot the ball, leading to misses, especially on his jumpshots … Can be slow to adjust to double teams in the post. Is more comfortable dribbling than his skill level warrants, often tries to push after getting a steal and can get himself in tough situations or turn the ball back over … His scoring comes almost exclusively from right around the rim or free throw line jumpers … Lacks versatility and is more of a niche player … Can struggle playing drop coverage, giving up lobs to longer, more athletic players …

Outlook: Tshiebwe is a classic example of an elite college player whose game doesn’t appear to translate to today’s NBA … If this was the 80s or early 90s, he’s a potential lottery pick … But in today’s game, he is more of a Glen “Big Baby” Davis type (although a much better rebounder than Davis) in that he is big and strong, but plays beneath the rim and lacks the athleticism to appeal to most teams … His motor, outstanding defense, and elite rebounding will give him a chance to latch on with a team, but he appears destined to be a role player at the next level. If he had more of a jumpshot (something he’s begun to develop over the last year or so) he could enhance his attractiveness as an NBA big, but that’s probably a pretty big ask for him at this stage of his development. He looks like a NBA team’s third center right now if he were to declare for the draft. NIL money could see him stay in college and make more than he possibly could in the NBA without the uncertainty of making a roster out of camp …

Eric Yearian 3/24/22

Strengths: 6’8.5 athletic big man … Great length with a 7’4.25 wingspan and 9’1 standing reach … Good athlete. Gets off the ground quickly and finishes plays above the rim. Good energy and consistent motor. Runs the floor well and stays active on both ends. Finishes well in transition and in the half-court as he doesn’t need a gather before taking off … Stays alert and has good hands. Good potential in the pick & roll … Good strength and aggression, likes to bang underneath, and embraces contact … Finished eighth in scoring over the adidas Gauntlet in 2018 with 21.3 points per game while shooting 60.8% FG%. Averaged 9.9 points per game while shooting 63.5% FG% at the NBPA Top 100 in 2018. Averaged 9.8 points per game while shooting a fourth best 60% FG% at adidas Nations in 2017 … Good tools and rotates well defensively. Can hedge on the perimeter fairly well. Good instincts and timing as a help defender and shot blocker. Finished second on the adidas Gauntlet with 2.4 blocks per game in 2018. Averaged 1.2 steals per game over the adidas Gauntlet in 2018 … Great rebounder on both ends and secures nearly everything within reach. Led the adidas Gauntlet with 11.7 rebounds per game in 2018, with 6.1 coming on offense and led the league with a total of 61 offensive rebounds, blowing away second place who recorded 34, showing great timing. Led the NBPA Top 100 in rebounds with 10.4 per game in 2018. Averaged 6.8 rebounds per game at adidas Nations in 2017 with a fourth best 3.6 coming on offense … Passes well out of the post, gets rid of the ball and finds the open man quickly. Knows where the pass is going before he catches it. Doesn’t duck and force his way to the basket or throw up off-balanced/contested shots … Limits his turnovers well, unlike most big men or prospects in general of his caliber and age. Only averaged 0.4 turnovers per game (nine games) at the NBPA Top 100 in 2018 and 0.6 per game (five games) at adidas Nations in 2017 …

Weaknesses: Limited scoring range with the majority of his points coming in the paint. Shows a good spin, flashes some moves and finesse touch in the paint occasionally but doesn’t have much of an offensive game in the low post. Can improve finishing at different angles … Isn’t heavily involved with the offense at this stage and gets most of his points off hustle plays; running the floor, converting put backs, simple catch and finishes, etc. Doesn’t score a lot if it isn’t a dunk. Spends a lot of offensive plays just sitting in the post … Solid shooting mechanics but lacks some fluidity in his upper body. Has been up and down as a free throw shooter. Shot 63.5% FT% over the adidas Gauntlet in 2018 … Older for his class, will turn 20 in November of his freshman year of college …

Outlook: Incoming West Virginia freshman … Scored 12 points (5-7 FG) and grabbed ten rebounds (four offensive) in the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game … Played in the 2019 Nike Hoop Summit … 2019 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year …

Evan Tomes 8/17/19

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