Gophers lose Oglesby to Iowa

On Friday, at a press conference in Cedar Rapids Washington High School, Gopher recruit Josh Oglesby gave his commitment to the University Iowa. Oglesby, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Iowa choose between his final three schools, Minnesota, Iowa and Arizona State.

At his press conference, Oglesby explained his decision making process in reference to his loyalty. He said, "What I have learned from my parents, family, teammates and coaches is that through good times and bad, we are loyal. I have also learned that we work to reach our goals, we overcome setbacks and we go beyond our potential. It is those lessons of loyalty that have led me to the decision to play basketball for the University of Iowa."

Iowa has seemed to be the favorite for Oglesby since the Hawkeyes extended him a scholarship offer. Oglesby grew up a Hawkeye fan and claimed that it was always his dream to play for Iowa. Despite this, Oglesby kept his options open by taking visits and weighing his options. In the end, Oglesby's sense of loyalty led him to the University of Iowa.

The loss of Oglesby to the Hawkeyes is no doubt a blow to the Gophers' 2011 recruiting class. Oglesby, who ranks as the 34th best shooting guard in the country, would have been a great addition to Tubby Smith's class. He is a kid who is a lights-out shooter who can flat-out score. Oglesby has a great release on his shot and at 6-5 can shoot over most defenders. He also uses his length to play some solid defense at the other end of the floor.

Although the Gophers did not land Oglesby, fans can still hold out hope of Tubby Smith snagging point guard Naadir Tharpe or explosive shooting guard Andre Hollins to compliment the commitment of wing Joe Coleman.

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