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Kentucky will be retaining a key piece of its team for the 2022-23 season.
Oscar Tshiebwe Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Jerseys , a transfer from West Virginia who played his first season for the Wildcats last year, will be returning for his senior year. The forward, who unanimously won the Wooden Award for the best player in the country and Furman Paladins clothes was named The Sporting News' Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season, made the announcement Wednesday on SportsCenter.
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"God has told me he's not done with me yet. He told me he wanted me to go back and to work, because he's not done with me in this place yet," Tshiebwe said. "So I'll be back again, so I'll be here next year Florida vs. Georgia Rivalry Jerseys for Kentucky — I'll be in the blue in Kentucky next year again."
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Tshiebwe becomes the first unanimous Bemidji State Beavers shirt Wooden Award winner to return to his school since Tyler Hansbrough in 2008.
Outside of Hansbrough, just two consensus Wooden Award winners have returned for another year of school: Ralph Sampson and Bi Florida vs. Georgia Rivalry Shirts ll Walton. Tshiebwe said to Sports Center his ambition is to be a top-15 lottery pick.
Tshiebwe also has a bit of unfinished business in Lexington. The No. 2 Wildcats were stunned by No. 15 Saint Peter's in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 17.4 points and 15.2 rebounds last season.
The return of Tshiebwe re-institutes an already-contentious Kentucky as a contender. Kentucky was already Mike DeCourcy's preseason No. 1 heading into next year — Tshiebwe's return solidifies that status.
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Other key Kentucky players declare
Illinois' Kofi Cockburn, a two-time consensus All American, declared for the NBA Draft Wednesday. The 7-foot center averaged over 20 points per game last year, and he is forgoing all remaining eligibility by signing an agent. Cockburn made the announcement on Twitter.
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Cockburn has put consideration in the draft for the past two seasons. He's finally taking the plunge this year.
UCLA's Johnny Juzang also declared for the draft after leading the team in scoring last year. Juzang, who broke out during UCLA's Final Four run in 2021, announced his d FSU vs. Miami Rivalry Jerseys ecision on Instagram.