March 6, 2011

Oglesby talks recruiting visitors

Josh Oglesby has been a regular visitor to Iowa Basketball games this year, but on Saturday as the Hawkeyes knocked off #6 ranked Purdue, he felt great about not only his future team and the impression it was leaving on two potential spring signees who could join him next year in an Iowa uniform.

"It was exciting to be there. To have Jarryd go out with a win against one of the best teams in the country was great," Oglesby said. "It's great for the program to end the home season on a win and I think Coach McCaffery is turning this program around and people saw that on Saturday."

Oglesby sat in his usual section on the baseline near the Iowa bench and was joined by two official visitors in four star point guard Cezar Guerrero from Bellflower, CA and combo guard Anthony Hubbard from Fredricks Community College in Maryland.

The future Hawkeye spent time talking to both prospects and feels like the game atmosphere left a positive impression as well as the post game celebration that they all took part in the Iowa locker room.

"They were both cool guys," he said. "We went into the locker room at halftime and then after the game it was just like the video after the win at Indiana. Everyone was jumping around. Coach McCaffery and Coach Speraw were jumping around with the guys on the team. Cezar (Guerrero) was there and he was jumping around with them too, so that was pretty cool."

This week it will be back to the court for Oglesby and Cedar Rapids Washington. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard will face a familiar foe in the quarterfinals on Wednesday in #1 ranked Linn Mar, who has defeated Washington twice this season. He's looking for a different result in their third meeting of the season.

"It feels great to get back to state again this year," he said. "Last year it was a neat experience, but we faced Ames in the first round and I think we all knew it was going to be nearly impossible to beat them. This year we get Linn Mar in our first game. It's probably not our first choice, but you are going to have to beat them somewhere along the line to win the state title. I think we will be ready to give them a great game."

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