Josh Oglesby had the ball at the top of the key, with something that had been elusive all game long. Some space.
“Shoot that,’’ Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery said to himself.
The Cedar Rapids Washington guard and Iowa signee rose up and made the 3-pointer. Later, his jumper with less than a minute to play broke a tie and the Warriors upset Sioux City East, 45-41, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Saturday.
McCaffery saw Oglesby score 15 of his 18 points the second half against a box-and-one defense and constant double-team attention.
McCaffery was also keeping tabs on Sioux City East 7-foot junior center Adam Woodbury, who has also been offered a scholarship by Iowa.
And McCaffery was checking out Washington senior point guard Wes Washpun and East 6-11 junior frontliner Mading Thok. The he headed to the Des Moines Roosevelt-Ankeny game to see Riders sophomore Peter Jok .
“I’m working him,’’ Oglesby said of Woodbury. “I told him before the game that if we won, he had to sign his letter of intent with Iowa.’’
Woodbury didn’t play one of his better games, scoring nine points.
“He struggled a little,’’ Oglesby said. “But I’ve seen him on the AAU circuit and he’s a beast. A left-handed 7-1 kid. What else would you want on your team? Especially when the biggest dude on the Iowa team now is 6-8.’’
Woodbury acknowledged that Oglesby is working him.
“I don’t know how much he can do for me,’’ Woodbury said. “You never know.’’
Schools like Stanford, Minnesota, Virginia, Wake Forest and Harvard are also in the mix for Woodbury, who said he has no timetable on coming to a decision. He said he’s got a positive relationship with McCaffery.
“Good guy,’’ Woodbury said. “I have a good relationship with the whole staff. They’ve been after me pretty hard.’’
Woodbury will be in Iowa City Sunday for the Hawkeyes’ game with Minnesota. He said Iowa’s improved play of late is an encouraging sign.
“They’re definitely making steps in the right direction,’’ Woodbury said. “Being an Iowa fan, that’s exciting to see.’’
He said he appreciates the fact that Iowa coaches have come to several of his games.
“It’s definitely encouraging to see those faces in the stands,’’ Woodbury said.
Oglesby is also encouraged with the progress Iowa has made in recent weeks.
“I know the rebuilding is headed in the right direction,’’Ogelsby said. “You can tell that with the fan support and how they’re playing.’’
Oglesby said his relationship with McCaffery continues to grow.
“I love it when he comes to watch me play,’’ Oglesby said. “We’ve built a good relationship in the last couple of months after I signed my letter of intent.’’
Ogelsby also said that “I know they want me to come in and shoot a couple of 3s next year.’’
Washpun, the Warriors’ fleet point guard, has heard from schools like Iowa, Northern Iowa, Missouri State, Boston College, Clemson, Nebraska and Creighton. He hasn’t received an offer yet, and said he’d consider junior college or a prep school as an option.
“I’m really wide open right now,’’ Washpun said. “It depends on what happens at the end and my grade situation.’’
Thok, who became eligible to play at East in January, said he’s also heard from Iowa, and Nebraska wants him to attend a game next week.
“A lot of schools are sending me mail,’’ Thok said. “No offers yet.’’
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