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McCaffery: Oglesby more than perimeter shooter

[ 0 ] December 20, 2013 |

You can call him Josh or you can call him Oglesby. But whatever you do, don’t call Josh Oglesby just a 3-point shooter.

“I don’t look at him as a 3-point shooter,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Friday morning during a teleconference. “I look at him as one of our better players. He can pass. He can defend. He doesn’t turn it over. He’s experienced. And he happens to make some jump shots.

“So it’s important that we get Josh Oglesby back, not that we get a 3-point shooter back.”

Oglesby is healthy after missing the first 12 games with a foot injury. The 6-foot-5 junior from Cedar Rapids will make his season debut against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“He’s full go,” McCaffery said of Oglesby, who ranked second on the team last season with 42 3-point baskets. “So whatever we need to do, we’ll do with him. He’s ready.”

The challenge for McCaffery will be to fit Oglesby into an already deep rotation that will grow to 11 with Oglesby in the mix. Oglesby likely will compete with freshman shooting guard Peter Jok for playing time.

“It’s going to be hard to figure because 11 is harder than 10, there is no question about that,” McCaffery said. “There were times when I felt like we really needed Josh. And there were time when it felt like this was a great opportunity for Pete.

“The fact that we have versatility and depth is going to be critical.”

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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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