OGLESBY: More than a shooter

CLEMSON — Terrence Oglesby isn't just your average sharp-shooter anymore, though he still appears to be that way.

WHAT: Maryland (16-8, 5-5) at No. 13 Clemson (20-4, 6-4)
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 17 (7:30 PM)
SPREAD: Tigers by 10.5
TV: ESPN-2

A week ago against Boston College, he scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as the 12th-ranked Tigers rallied for an 87-77 road victory.

Oglesby sank 6-of-10 three-pointers in the win over Boston College, but if you look deep in the boxscore you will notice something you have not seen before.

He was credited with a career-high six assists.

"It's like night and day from last year," Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said about the difference in Oglesby's overall style of play from last year to now.

Last season Oglesby, who will join his teammates Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum in a critical matchup against Maryland, made a name for himself as a marksman shooter, as he rained in 3-pointers from just about anywhere on the court.

He also earned a reputation as a clutch shooter, scoring 54 points in the last five minutes of games decided by 10 points or less, including the game-winning shot as time expired to cap a 20-point come-from-behind victory at Maryland.

Oglesby finished his first season at Clemson ranked third in the ACC in both 3-pointers made (85) and 3-point percentage (40.3), while setting a new freshman mark for 3-pointers made in a season by a freshman.

Though those accolades are very much appreciated by the Cleveland, Tenn. native, he has worked hard this year to dispel the notion that he is nothing more than a shooter.

"Regardless of what some people might say, I'm not coming off to shoot every time," he said. "You have to think like that in order to have the defense respect you, but I'm a good passer and I feel like I have got a whole lot better in the ball handling side of things."

He sure looked that way the other night.

With the Tigers (20-3, 6-3 ACC) up by six points late in the second half and with the shot clock winding down under 10 seconds, Oglesby faked a jump shot, penetrated the lane and waited for the defender to commit to him before, at the last second, dumping the ball off to forward Trevor Booker, who drove it home with a one-handed dunk just before the shot clock expired.

"He has simply worked on his ability to put the ball on the floor, and his in between game and passing, understanding people are going to have to close out on his ability to shoot the ball," Purnell said of Oglesby.
"I think maybe his best half of the year was the other night against Boston College," Purnell said. "The fact that he was not able to have such a good first half and had the maturity and short memory to have a great second half, I think that speaks to the difference as well.

"He has simply worked on his ability to put the ball on the floor, and his in between game and passing, understanding people are going to have to close out on his ability to shoot the ball. He has really worked at that and understands it."

Through the first 23 games this season Oglesby has produced 40 assists, two less than he had all of last season in 34 games.

"He is putting the ball on the floor more and his passing has improved," Booker said. "He has just improved overall."

And that improvement has taken place through the course of this season. Earlier in the year when he tried to penetrate the lane and dish the ball off, he sometimes put himself or his teammates in bad positions and turned the ball over.

Now, thanks to working with Booker on more ball screens, Oglesby's passes are finding their way into the hands of Booker, Raymond Sykes or Jerai Grant.

"He is just making better decisions and he is performing the skill of penetration better where he is driving and sitting down instead of standing up straight," Purnell said. "When you stand up straight going along the baseline and jump up in the air and maybe hoping that something better will come open, then percentages will catch up with you.

"If you penetrate, sit down and stay low then you can wait until things open up and deliver. If it doesn't then you can just get ride of it the other way. So it is not a risky pass, but because of his ability to shoot it, things are going to open up more for him than the average person."

And that's starting to pay big dividends for Clemson's post players.

"The guys really know I'm looking for them," Oglesby said. "I'm looking for the guys, and there is some miscommunication with the way certain guys move to spots and stuff like that… But we are growing together as a team and one thing especially, is Booker has been setting a lot more ball screens because between the two of us we are going to get open and we know how to play it.

"It has been a learning process, but we are getting accustomed to each other."

PROBABLE STARTERS
No. 13 Clemson (20-4)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2,175) - 8.3 PPG, 3.6 APG
G #22 Terrence Oglesby (6-2,190) - 13.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG
C #12 Raymond Sykes (6-9,220) - 8.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG
F #1 K.C. Rivers (6-5,215) - 14.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG
F #35 Trevor Booker (6-7,240) - 15.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG

Maryland (16-8)
G #21 Greivis Vasquez (6-6,190) - 16.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG
G #22 Adrian Bowie(6-2,180) - 9.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG
C #35 Dave Neal (6-7,257) - 7.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG
F #14 Sean Mosley (6-4,210) - 5.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG
F #1 Landon Milbourne (6-7,210) - 13.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG

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