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Top-50 big Oscar Tshiebwe schedules first two official visits

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(Nick Lucero/

Baylor will have the first chance to host top-50 center Oscar Tshiebwe for an official visit on the weekend of Aug. 31, a source tells The Bears will not be alone in looking to impress the four-star prospect as Illinois will host Tshiebwe the following weekend.

Currently ranked No. 45 nationally, Tshiebwe is expected to cut his list down to four or five schools in the near future.

Last month, the four-star center cut his list to a group of eight consisting of Kansas, Kentucky, Baylor, Georgetown, Illinois, Ole Miss, Virginia and West Virginia.

The thought surrounding Tshiebwe has centered around WVU and the Mountaineers’ strong chances at securing his commitment. While the Big 12 program is a favorite, Baylor and Illinois have made up major ground in recent weeks, as Kansas and Kentucky have been seen as likely contenders, too.

Tshiebwe was one of the top frontline producers all summer long. Competing against some of the best on the Adidas circuit, the member of the ITPS Wildcats’ program cemented his standing as one of the best center prospects nationally.

A 6-foot-8 center with a 7-foot-5 wingspan, Tshiebwe has become known as one of the top producers from 10-feet and in. On the Adidas circuit this summer, Tshiebwe posted per-game averages of 21.3 points (on 61 percent shooting from the floor), 11.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks.