Stern from Kentucky seeks wisdom from God

Curt Flewelling, FISM News

The University of Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe became the first Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year since 2008 to return to school for his senior year instead of entering the NBA draft.

Tshiebwe was expected to be in the top five in the draft but stunned the sports world by declaring he would be returning to Kentucky for his senior year, a decision he says was made after he prayed, fasted and God asked for wisdom.

Oscar credits his father with teaching him the importance of faith in his life. Faced with the difficult decision of turning pro or playing college ball for another year, the Wildcat said Stern“My dad told me that God gave us the Spirit—the Holy Spirit—to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit will guide us, give us good instructions.”

Tshiebwe followed his father’s advice and prayed “‘God, speak to me’…God said, ‘I’m not done with you in this place.’ If God isn’t done with you, that means He’s still dealing with you.”

At the time, the step seemed nonsensical from an economic point of view. Since the star only had a student visa, he was prevented from taking full advantage of the lucrative name, likeness and likeness (NIL) status in the United States. That, coupled with the loss of millions of dollars he would have made as a pro in his first year, made little financial sense.

However, sports analysts and agents were baffled by his logic said Tshiebwe the Sports Spectrum Podcast, “Every time I’ve listened to people’s advice, I’ve always failed to make good decisions.” He said that this time he chose to listen to the Holy Spirit.

The unconventional decision required a lot of trust. The young basketball phenomenon recognized this and said the sports newspaper, “If you submit everything to God, it means that you trust him, you believe that he will help you. And most importantly, it won’t lead you in the wrong direction.”

The young star’s faith in Scripture is evident as his thoughts seem to reflect what we are told in the book of James. James, the brother of Jesus, counsels believers in James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Oscar’s faith will continue to be tested as he missed the first two games of the season to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. Despite not having trained for a month, he boldly took the field on November 14.

Various NBA scouts and executives were in attendance to see if Tshiebwe still had it.

He didn’t disappoint. The young star had 22 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Michigan State.