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Oglesby has green light from McCaffery

[ 0 ] November 16, 2011 |

Iowa freshman guard Josh Oglesby has taken nine shots during his brief two-game college career, but missed eight of them.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery thinks it’s only a matter of time before Oglesby regains the touch that made Oglesby a renowned shooter at Cedar Rapids Washington High School.

That’s why McCaffery isn’t about to put any limitations on Oglesby heading into Thursday’s game against Northern Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“When he’s open, he’s got the green light,” McCaffery said Wednesday on a teleconference. “I don’t want him even thinking about it. I don’t care if he misses 10 in a row; shoot the 11th because over the course of time he’s going to have a great shooting percentage. He’s that good.”

The 6-foot-5 Oglesby made 1-of-7 field-goal attempts during the 96-53 victory over Chicago State in the season opener last Friday, but he compensated with four assists and two rebounds and had no turnovers while playing 19 minutes off the bench.

Oglesby missed his two field-goal attempts, both 3-pointers, during Monday’s 95-79 over North Carolina A&T, but had two assists and one rebound while playing just seven minutes off the bench.

McCaffery said he regrets not playing Oglesby more against North Carolina A&T.

“With him, it’s just a matter of getting comfortable out there at this level,” McCaffery said. “I’m going to play him. I did him a disservice by not playing more in the second half and that won’t happen again.”

Oglesby was a three-year starter in high school and he made 87 3-point baskets as a senior to lead the state in 2011. He also made first-team all-state as a senior, averaging a team-high 21.2 points and seven rebounds per game.

All but one of his nine field-goal attempts as a Hawkeye have come from 3-point range. His only basket against Chicago State was a 3-pointer. Oglesby also made a 3-pointer in Iowa’s 79-59 exhibition victory over Northwest Missouri State on Nov. 6.

It’s typical for a coach to get upset with a player for taking a bad shot. But with McCaffery and Oglesby, the circumstance is different.

“I always thought it was hard when the coach was tough on you,” said McCaffery, who is a former Division I point guard. “With me, I screamed at him Monday night for not shooting two or three times when he should’ve shot.

“My stance has always been when I’ve got a guy that shoots the ball like Josh Oglesby, I’m just going to say just keep shooting. You’ve got to have amnesia. Forget the one you missed and make the next three. If you miss three, then make the next four.”

McCaffery recruited Oglesby to be an all-around player and not just a shooter. McCaffery thinks Oglesby still is learning how to handle his roles against better competition.

“I told him after the game, I said, ‘Josh you happen to be a great shooter, but I didn’t recruit you as a shooter, I recruited you as a player, so go make plays,”’ McCaffery said. “So at some level, I think he’s thinking, ‘I’ll go make plays as opposed to him taking this many shots.’

“But I want him to make plays and also fire it.”

Iowa (2-0) will be looking to win three games in a row for the first time under McCaffery, who is in his second season as coach.

Senior center Andrew Brommer is doubtful for the Northern Illinois game after re-injuring his knee against North Carolina A&T on Monday. He injured the knee for first time in practice in mid-October and was out for about three weeks.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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