Kentucky center Oscar Tshiebwe has declared for the NBA Draft while maintaining his eligibility.
Tshiebwe made the announcement on social media Friday.
“First, I would like to thank God for everything he has done for me,” Tshiebwe wrote. “It has been amazing to see the many blessing he has shown me through my time at the University of Kentucky. I would like to thank my family and everyone who has supported me over the years while working towards my dream. I would also like to thank Coach Calipari and the coaching staff for believing in a kid from the Congo, as well as my teammates for standing beside me and fighting every day.
“At this time I feel as though it is best for me to declare for the NBA Draft while maintaining my college eligibility. As I continue down this path I pray that I can continue to have the amazing love and support of BBN as you will always be in my heart and prayers. Only God knows what my future holds, but until then it’s time to get to work!”
Tshiebwe has one year of eligibility remaining and could return to Kentucky next season or explore other options if he chooses to do so.
The UK star averaged 16.5 points and 13.7 rebounds this season.