Colleges Ogle Oglesby

Terrence Oglesby, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound shooting guard from Cleveland, Tenn., raised his stock significantly at the recent AAU Kingwood Classic, and he just may attract the Vols as an investor.

Playing for the Tennessee Travelers, Oglesby dazzled scouts with his range and perimeter shooting skills at the high-profile tournament held in Houston, Texas. Some analysts regard him as one of the premiere spot-up shooters in the Class of 2007, and he has plenty of intangibles to go along with his remarkable range.

"(He) reminds some of Teddy Dupay," Scout.com's Jeff Goodman writes of Oglesby. "Can really shoot the ball from long distance, plays with some swagger and can also pass the ball. Needs to improve his quickness."

In many respects Olgesby will remind some of UT junior guard Chris Lofton, and there lies the rub for Bruce Pearl and staff. As good as Lofton has proven to be as an offensive force, he's only a marginal defensive talent. No doubt, Lofton is heady and anticipates well, but he lacks the sheer size, quickness and athleticism to be a natural fit for Tennessee's pressure scheme and high-octane offense.

It's a tough call for Pearl. On the one hand he has a prospect in his own backyard, who is drawing offers from coast to coast for his ability to pump in points from the perimeter. On the other hand, if he has two scholarship guards with defensive limitations he may be forced to modify his strategy to accommodate their game.

"Poses a dilemma for college coaches because he's not ideal size but his stroke is ridiculous," writes Scout.com's Dave Telep. "The young man has tremendous range and confidence in his jumper. It's the jump shot that will take him places."

Two of the places it could take him is to UNC-Charlotte or Washington State which have both offered him a scholarship. Lurking in the wings while evaluating options are Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

Olgesby is a very intelligent player with a strong basketball background. He learned the game from his father, who played college basketball as well as professionally overseas. His knowledge of the game and ball handling skills could allow Oglesby to play some point.

However UT has made offers to a couple of shooting guards, Corperryale Harris, 6-4, 165, of Detroit, and E'Twaun Moore, 6-3, 180, of Chicago. Interestingly enough, shooting isn't a strong suit for either of these four-star prospects. However, they have an abundance of athleticism along with excellent defensive presence. Corperryale Harris is rated the nation's No. 8 shooting guard and Moore is No. 12.

Tennessee has also offered Memphis Raleigh-Egypt High School point guard Maurice Miller, 6-2, 180. Miller is a four-star prospect rated No. 15 at the point in this class, but he didn't show well at the Kingwood Classic, according to scouts.

"We saw him for the better part of two games and he was nearly invisible for the majority of them," said Goodman. "His team is young, but he needs to be more assertive on the offensive end and take a leadership role."

Miller lists his favorites as UConn, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Tennessee and Ole Miss. All have offered.

One of the true ironies of successful recruiting is that you will, invariably, turn down as many good prospects as you sign.


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