Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky and how the nation’s top rebounding team turns boards into points

Rebounding is not regularly revered.

It’s applauded, sure, but it’s telling that the ’s current rebound leader — Rudy Gobert — may be better recognized for being the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, while the league’s leaders in points per game are well-known by only one name: Durant, LeBron, Giannis.

And yet, one of the leading candidates for this season’s national college player of the year is ’s Oscar Tshiebwe, who’s made his mark on the glass with a Division I-best 14.8 rebounds per game. One of the 6-foot-9, 255-pound center’s most impressive performances came at home against last month when he grabbed 28 boards; after the game, the effervescent Tshiebwe grabbed a fan’s sign tallying his rebounds and hoisted it above his shoulders.

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