Jay Bilas Reveals His Leader For National Player Of The Year

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 22: ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas speaks at the espnW Women + Sports Summit held at The Resort at Pelican Hill on October 22, 2019 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Oscar Tshiebwe is having a heck of a first season with the Kentucky Wildcats. Since transferring to Lexington from West Virginia, Tshiebwe is enjoying tremendous success. And ESPN college hoops analyst Jay Bilas has taken notice.

“He’s my leader for National Player of the Year,” Bilas said on the set of "College GameDay."

“I mean, he’s doing things that we haven’t seen in forever," Bilas continued. "He’s already had four 20-rebound games. When he gets to five — and it’s not if, it’s when — he’s gonna join Tim Duncan and Blake Griffin as the last guys to do that, and that’s a long time ago." "Last two games, he’s averaging close to 30 points a game and 15 rebounds. He’s shooting like 65%, he doesn’t have a single turnover. It’s ridiculous what he’s accomplished this year. He’s the nation’s leading rebounder by far.”

Tshiebwe has been absolutely dominant on the glass and the scoreboard for the Wildcats. Entering Saturday's SEC matchup against Tennessee, Tshiebwe was averaging 17 points, a touch over 15 rebounds and just under 1.5 blocks per.

If the 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward can continue his glass-cleaning ways, he could very well be on his way to Naismith honors.

He certainly has Jay Bilas' vote.