February 14, 2011

Oglesby talks Iowa hoops

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Oglesby talks Iowa BB

On Saturday evening, Josh Oglesby and his Cedar Rapids Washington teammates picked up a big win against Sioux City East High School, 45-41 at Well Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

After being held to just three points in the first half, Oglesby received a halftime pep talk from his coach and came on strong, finishing with a game high 18 points, including several big baskets down the stretch.

"I struggled in the first half with the box and one and triangle and two and it gets a little frustrating, but Coach Metzger gave me a little pep talk at halftime and I tried to use my experience. Thankfully we came out with the victory," he said.

Oglesby hopes that he and the Warriors will be making a return trip to Wells Fargo in less than a month for the state tournament in Des Moines. One person who might also be making a return trip to Des Moines to watch is Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery, who was in the stands on Saturday, keeping an eye on Oglesby and also 2012 prospect, Adam Woodbury from Sioux City East.

The 6-foot-5 guard, who is averaging 21 points per game this year, says he is really comfortable with his future coach in the stands and enjoys having him around.

"It doesn't really bother me. I've been on the AAU circuit a couple of times, so I am kind of used to it. You just have to go out and play your own game," Oglesby said. "I love it when he comes to watch me and we have built a really good relationship over the past few months since I signed my letter of intent."

Oglesby has been a regular visitor to Iowa City this year with his seat on the baseline near the Iowa bench. He can see the progress being made by the first year head coach with the Hawkeye team and is anxious to get started with the team this summer.

"They recently told me that I would be coming down for summer school this year so I can work out with the guys," he said. "I know the re-building is headed in the right direction. You can see it in the fan support and the way that they are playing. Adding Cartwright and Basabe has really helped and you can see how guys are getting better, like Jarryd Cole shooting jumpers and knocking them down. Last year you would have never saw that from him. You can see where Iowa Basketball is going to be and I am really excited about it. I know Coach McCaffery is a coach that wants to win and he is going to turn Iowa around."

On Sunday, Oglesby and future teammate Aaron White were in attendance for Iowa's game against Minnesota along with Woodbury. The two signed recruits were working on Woodbury to get him to commit to the Hawkeyes. Oglesby's recruitment efforts actually started before their game on Saturday, when he tried to make a deal with the seven footer from Sioux City.

"I told him before the game that if we won he was going to have to sign with Iowa. (laugh) I don't think he was ready to do that, but I hope he will. He struggled a little bit today, but I have seen him on the AAU circuit and he is a beast."

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