Setting the record straight

CLEMSON — Last Saturday was just another day for Terrence Oglesby ... until he turned on his computer.

When he did, he visited his facebook page and it was right then and there he discovered he had emails and private messages asking him, "Was it true, was he indeed transferring to East Tennessee State?"

"People were hitting me up left and right," the Clemson guard said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with CUTigers.com. "Are you transferring to ETSU? I don't even know where that (rumor) came from… I had no idea what was going on, but people were telling me that I'm transferring."

Turns out that's not the case. In fact, Oglesby says transferring is not even in his thoughts, nor will it be.

"I would know if I was transferring," he said. "I have not even thought about anything. I have just been thinking about getting my grades caught up, but people are coming up to me and asking me questions and I'm like, ‘Just let me finish my homework.'"

Oglesby plans to finish all his homework the next couple of years while wearing Clemson Orange and playing for Oliver Purnell. The 6-foot-2 guard could not understand why anyone would put that rumor out there.

"It is someone just wanting news I guess. I couldn't tell you," he said. "I think it was like a message board. It was on a message board and then one thing leads to another. I did not know what that thing was about."

Since last week's debacle against Michigan in the NCAA Tournament, Oglesby has not even picked up a basketball.

Like the rest of the team, he was terribly disappointed to see the season end the way it did. After peaking at 22-4 following a win at Georgia Tech, the Tigers dropped five of their last six, including first-round exits in both the ACC and the NCAA Tournaments.

"I think we all got to a point that we were a little hesitant to give it up because we were scared about making mistakes. I think that really hurt us as a team," Oglesby said.

Oglesby admitted nothing hurt more than his ejection in the loss to Michigan. While trying to fight through a pick early in the second half, he caught Michigan's Stu Douglass with an elbow across the face. Official Thomas Eades ejected Oglesby from the game after calling it an intentional foul.

"That was more of an unfortunate event," he said. "That wasn't really something you think about beforehand. I was doing a swim move to get through. I caught him. I elbowed him pretty hard. It was just kind of an unfortunate event."

It was an event Oglesby said that was also not intentional.

"It was not like when sometimes you are playing football with your buddies, when you were in high school and middle school, and you're like, ‘Okay, I'm going to knock this guy out because he is making me mad.' It was not like that at all," Oglesby said. "First of all, I stepped in to create space and then I swim moved. But I did not swim high enough and I just caught him and I caught him hard too.

"For what it is worth, it was not a malicious attempt to hurt him. It was just me trying to get open and get his arms off me because he had two hands on me… The guy later said it could have gone either way because he was holding me, but it looked really bad and I felt terrible and I still feel bad about it just because it looked like a dirty play, but it wasn't."

Unfortunately, Oglesby feels the last six games, and then his ejection, are what people are focused on right now, instead of the entire season as a whole. The 23 wins the team stacked up, coupled with the last two seasons, marked the first time in the program's history it had won 20 or more games three straight years.

The Tigers finished in the Associated Press Top 25 for a second straight year – another first for the program. Their .719 win percentage was the best since the 1989-'90 squad recorded a .750, and their 9-7 ACC record marked a second straight winning season in the conference – the first time that has happened since the 1966 and 1967 seasons.

"I think right now everybody wants to remember the last six games," Oglesby said. "I think three or four years from now people will be talking about when we smashed Duke and when we smashed Maryland and the good start that we had and stuff like that.

"I don't think it is going to be much of what everyone wants to talk about right now, and that's the demise rather than how well we did. We did have a pretty good year. I think later on down the road, I'm going to think about the good things."

As for Oglesby the competitor, he would like to get back on the horse and give it another ride, but first he just needs to get away from the game and clear his head.


"That's the only thing you can think," he said. "Right now you want to take a couple days off and let your body wind down and stuff like that. Get out of that frame of mind. I'm still somewhat in that basketball frame of mind to where it is like I kind of go about it differently than a lot of other people." (Getty Images)

"That's the only thing you can think," he said. "Right now you want to take a couple days off and let your body wind down and stuff like that. Get out of that frame of mind. I'm still somewhat in that basketball frame of mind to where it is like I kind of go about it differently than a lot of other people.

"I have to completely resolve that in order to get back in everyday life and be able to interact with people on a different level and stuff like that."

Oglesby says he tries to clear his mind in regards to the season almost immediately, and he truly has not watched much of the NCAA Tournament since the Tigers' exit.

The only thing that kept him interested last weekend was watching his old friend Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who plays for Washington. But with the Huskies' second-round loss to Purdue he really has little reason to keep up with it.

"I would like to see an ACC team win it, but other than that I have not been keeping up with it too much," he said.

Though he would love nothing more than to have five or six of those shots that just barely missed and the incident from the Michigan game back, Oglesby feels he improved as a player this season.

His numbers back that up. He finished the year averaging 13.2 points a game, while connecting on nearly 39 percent of his three-pointers. He was also an 84.5 percent shooter from the foul line, while committing just 1.9 turnovers a game. He also averaged 1.8 assists per game.

"I thought I had a good season, individually speaking," he said. "You go from 10.3 points to almost 14 points a game and you shoot almost 40 percent from three. Had I hit some give-me shoots I probably would have been around 45 and 50 percent in field goals.

"Looking back I improved in a lot of aspects. I have always been able to pass the ball, but I showed people I can pass the ball and I showed people I can defend when I really get into it and the whole team really gets into it."

And though he really did not have to, Oglesby even talked about next year and the prospects of making a third straight run at the NCAA Tournament.

"The thing you look forward to the most with the team coming back next year is the fact you can isolate (Trevor) Booker on the block and you cannot get a double team from another post because Milton (Jennings) can shoot the ball," Oglesby said. "Now I have not seen Devin (Booker) shoot the ball, but we will see what happens. That's a lot of options to work with. Obviously, we are going to miss K.C. (Rivers) and Ray (Sykes), but they have some pretty good replacements."


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