Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

WVU’s Tshiebwe leaves team

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West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe has left the team for personal reasons and with no plans to return this season. His absence is a blow to the ninthranke­d Mountainee­rs heading into the heart of the Big 12 schedule.

Coach Bob Huggins didn’t specify why Tshiebwe left. When asked if there was a chance the 6- foot- 9 sophomore would return, Huggins said, “No, absolutely not. No return.”

Tshiebwe’s production has slipped this season after he led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman a year ago. Tshiebwe, named to the preseason all- Big 12 team, was averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 10 games. He’s the second West Virginia forward lost in the past week. Backup freshman Isaiah Cottrell sustained a season- ending Achilles tendon injury against Northeaste­rn.

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