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Good news for Kentucky Wildcats: He is back

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Mark Pope and the Kentucky Wildcats have been on a mission, meeting with several veteran transfers who are still in the portal.

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One of those names is Otega Oweh, an Oklahoma Sooners transfer. The talented wing arrived in Lexington on Thursday for an official visit and met with new head coach Mark Pope.

Following the visit, Oweh made an official commitment to the Cats and will continue his college basketball career in Lexington. On Saturday, he announced the news via Instagram.

In high school, Oweh attended Blair Academy in New Jersey and was a 4-star recruit for the 2022 class. According to 247 Sports Composite, he is the class’s No. 70 player and No. 5 shooting guard.

Following a successful high school career, Oweh committed to the Sooners in 2021. He had a quiet freshman season, averaging 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 13.2 minutes per game.
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The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Oweh then improved dramatically in Year 2, starting almost every game for the Sooners and averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 assists in 24.9 minutes.

Oweh scored a career-high 23 points against North Carolina in December. He was once a projected NBA Draft pick, but his performance dipped late in the season. He was held to single-digit scoring in ten of his last twelve games.

Mark Pope’s offense excels at 3-point shooting. Oweh put up similar numbers in Norman this season, averaging 37.7% from behind the arc.

Pope is still building his roster in Lexington, and Oweh is an excellent addition to the roster’s veteran presence, with room to develop into a star who can help Kentucky return to making deep postseason runs.


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