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Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe to return for senior season

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Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky, left, is introduced as The Associated Press men's basketball player of the year, by Barry Bedlan, AP global director of text and new markets products, in New Orleans, Friday, April 1, 2022. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound junior received 46 of 60 votes from a national media panel. Wisconsin's Johnny Davis was second with 10 votes. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe says he will return for his senior season with the Wildcats after a breakout season in which he swept national player of the year awards. The 6-foot-9 Tshiebwe announced his decision on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Tshiebwe led the nation with 15.1 rebounds per game and averaged 17.4 points. He also had 60 steals and 55 blocks. He won numerous individual
honors from The Associated Press, along with the Naismith and Wooden awards as the nation’s top player. Tshiebwe said it was his dream to be an NBA lottery pick, but draft projections had him going in the second round.