Tigers Land Sharp Shooter

The Clemson basketball team picked up a huge verbal commitment Thursday from sharp shooting guard Terrence Oglesby of Cleveland, Tenn. What led Oglesby to Clemson? What are his strengths on the basketball court? CUTigers.com answers those questions and more in this recruiting update!

SG Terrence Oglesby Profile

Back in early February, it appeared as though the Clemson basketball team was poised to make its first NCAA Tournament in nearly eight years.

However poor outside shooting and a lack of consistency from the free throw line down the stretch kept the Tigers from reaching their goal.

Thursday, head coach Oliver Purnell and his coaching staff took a major step forward in trying to solve those shooting problems when guard Terrence Oglesby announced a verbal commitment to the Clemson basketball program.

Oglesby made the announcement during a press conference held at the Nike All-American Camp late Thursday evening.

Speaking with CUTigers.com, Oglesby said there were a number of factors leading him to his decision.

"Clemson is close to home and I got to know Coach Bradley and Coach Purnell really well," he said. "I really feel like they are an up-and-coming program. If you look at what they've done the past two years they have gotten better and better.

"Last year they were 19-13 and I feel like they are getting close to NCAA bid. They are also competing well in the ACC."

The 6-foot-2, 180 pound combo guard from Cleveland, Tenn. chose Clemson over Michigan, but he also had scholarship offers from Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Washington State, UNC-Charlotte and many mid-majors.

As a junior at Bradley High School he averaged 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds, but it has been his hot shooting on the AAU circuit that has really help bolster his stock in the eyes of recruiting experts.

"My shooting is the one thing that really stands out to everybody," Oglesby said. "But I'm a good passer too. Sometimes that's overlooked because I shoot the ball. I'm also a heady gaurd. I'm not somebody that's going to come down and throw behind the back passes and cause turnovers."

Scout.com college basketball recruiting expert Dave Telep says of Oglesby, "He has a skill has taken him to this point in his career: he can flat out stroke the basketball. Some guys are passers, some are scorers and then there are the shooters and that is what Oglesby does. He's got a little Brendan Plavich in his game."

The one area of his game that Oglesby says he'll need to work on is his defense, especially now that he'll be playing his college basketball in the toughest conference in America.

"I need to work on my defense, but I think I can match up with ACC guards on both ends of the floor," he said. "I may need to gain some weight but I already bench press over 300 pounds so I think I'll be able to match up well."

At the same time, he also knows exactly what he's being brought to Clemson to do, which is his speciality- shooting the basketball.

"They want me to step in and help replace Shawan Robinson so I'm looking forward to it," he added. "I think I can fill that role."

Finally, Clemson fans will also be pleased to hear that Oglesby will be making his way to Tigertown this fall to check on the status of another team. "I plan on coming down to a couple of Clmeson football games this fall," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Oglesby is the second verbal commitment for the Tigers in the 2007 recruiting class. LaRon Dendy, one of the top power forwards in the nation has also committed to Clemson. Scout.com currently rates Dendy as the No. 57 overall player in the country.

CUTigers.com Top Stories