Purnell was at the Isle of Palms near Charleston on vacation before heading to Myrtle Beach last night for an IPTAY rally when he received the call. The Clemson coach said he did not understand why Oglesby did not involve him in a decision as important as this.
"I can't be a mind-reader," Purnell said. "The reason why it's hard is
because I haven't really had a chance to think about it. It is really one
of those things that you mull over after a while, but I really haven't
spent a lot of time focusing on this.
"I'm sure over time I will think about it and I'm sure I will probably
come up with some idea I believe, but I necessarily will not know if I
believe it its true. I don't really know. I will say this, he is pretty
close to his family and his father played basketball and so forth so
obviously his father and his family were closely involved and there is
nothing wrong with that."
Purnell doesn't believe Oglesby's exit has anything to do with rumors that
there were chemistry issues with teammates or problems in the locker room.
"I do not know, but there is nothing that I am aware of," he said. "We are
not allowed to be with our players when school is over. We are only
allowed to be around our players a few hours a week when school is in
"I don't know of any, but that doesn't mean I know what the players are
thinking because I didn't find out until 11 o'clock (a.m.) and I was not
involved in the process coming to a conclusion on his decision to go or to
Purnell he wishes Oglesby the best with his decision and he appreciates
what he brought to the team and the Clemson program the last two years,
but now he says it's time to put that behind them for the betterment of
the team and move forward.
"I'm disappointed that he will not be with us, but at the same time it is
a decision he made with his family. It is what it is," Purnell said. "At
this point, after today, it is very important to focus on the young men in
our program that will be back.
"I'm very excited about next year's team, the returning players as well as
the incoming players and bringing that combination together as we move
towards the fall."
As for Oglesby's decision to play pro ball in Europe, Purnell doesn't
necessarily agree with it, but at the same time he has not had the time to
sit down and think about it either.
"I haven't had the chance to think about it a whole lot in terms of all
the pros and cons," he said. "I have always been in a situation where a
young man is thinking about his college eligibility. Playing college
basketball can lead to a lot of things, particularly if you are talking
about teaching them how to play basketball.
"I think we have the best environment for a young person to position
himself to be asked about (going pro). Just based on that and the fact I
was unable to give him as much information I would like and gather
information because I don't want you to think I know everything about this
model because I don't. But I certainly know enough and would do some
investigation and weigh in on the decision.
"My gut reaction, I'm certainly not agreeing with it."
Purnell disagrees with Oglesby's decision
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