Q&A with McDonald's All-American Oscar Tshiebwe - He talks with HG Insider on his McDAAG experience & much more

By Pat Lawless

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Oscar Tshiebwe was one of the biggest surprise selections in this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game. The Kennedy Catholic (P.A.) & West Virginia commit didn’t disappoint and had himself quite the week. He impressed the NBA scouts in attendance with his high level work ethic and physical play on both ends. He caught up with HG Insider to talk about his experience at the McDAAG and more.

Q: What has this experience been like for you at the McDonald’s All-American Game?

A: “It’s been good, I’m coming off winning a state championship and I’m just so excited to be out here.”

Q: Take us through the moment where you realized you made the McDonald’s All-American Game.

A: “I was so excited and happy to make it to the McDonald’s All-American Game. It’s something I used to work for and I’d always say, ‘I want to make it one day, I want to play in that game’. A lot of people told me it’s not easy to make it to this and they told me I have to work hard every moment I’m on the court. They said if I keep playing like that I’m going to make it and I did it.”

Q: A lot of these players have been highly touted for quite some time, but with a strong showing in the July Live period you earned the reputation of being one of the best in the nation. What was it like to see your hard work pay off this AAU season leading into the high school season?

A: “Yeah, in my last AAU season I knew I had to play hard and I thought about winning the championship every day. I was playing hard, I trusted my teammates and we played as a team. I didn’t take the easy road and I played hard whenever I was on the floor. We played hard, dominated everything and that’s why we finished so strong. That definitely helped me make this game.”

Q: West Virginia had a tough season this year, but I’m sure you want to help turn things around. What has Coach Bob Huggins told you about the impact he hopes you make next year?

A: “He told me they had a bad season this year, but he said that I’ll have some guards to play with me. He wants me to be ready for next year, he thinks we will be really good and I agree. They finished the season well and I’m sure next year we will be good.”

Q: You are one of West Virginia’s top recruits of all time. What’s it like having that title and how do you plan on helping next year’s team?

A: “That gives me more motivation to keep working hard because I want to keep getting better. I want to be a great player who doesn’t take plays off. I push myself and just work as hard as I can every single day. I plan on bringing that all to West Virginia.”