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Thursday / December 1.
  • Kentucky’s reigning national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe to play ‘some’ against Michigan State

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Reigning national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe will play “some” for No. 4 Kentucky against Michigan State Tuesday night in the Champions Classic, a source close to the situation said.

    Tshiebwe has not played this season after recovering from a procedure on his right knee last month.

    On Monday, Kentucky coach John Calipari said CJ Fredrick and Antonio Reeves would get more looks from outside if Tshiebwe played.

    “Not if Oscar’s in there,” Calipari said. “You’ve got your choice. Don’t let them touch it, stay out there and let Oscar go one-on-one. And then you trap it and Oscar has been a pretty good passer. So, he makes it different.”

    Last season, Tshiebwe, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, averaged 17.4 points and 15.1 rebounds last season.

    Sophomore forward Daimion Collins, who also missed the first two games of the season after the death of his father Ben, is also expected back.

    “I would expect Daimion to play, yes,” Calipari said. “He practiced Wednesday and Thursday of last week and he practiced Monday and he’ll practice today so I would say he’s good to go.”

    More than 75 NBA scouts are expected at the Champions Classic, which also features No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 7 Duke.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.