Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell talked with the media today about the unexpected departure of Terrence Oglesby. In case you missed it, Oglesby decided to skip his final two seasons at Clemson to go play pro ball in Europe.
Needless to say this caught Purnell by surprise.
AUDIO: Purnell on Oglesby (4:34)
Oglesby averaged 13.2 points per game last season, third best on the team. He was second in the ACC in 3-point shooting.
This may seem like an odd move on Oglesby’s part but with the big money these European teams are throwing around you can expect to see plenty more of this. It isn’t just NBA teams that are going after college kids these days. This is bad news for college coaches because the last thing they want or need are more sharks in the tank.
So how will this effect Clemson? I know a lot of people questioned Oglesby’s shot selection and his defensive play but this is a big blow to the Tigers next season. Say what you want about T.O., but he had the ability to stretch defenses with his outside shot. Team’s couldn’t afford to double team Trevor Booker because Oglesby would make them pay with the 3-ball.
I do think Purnell should have reigned in some of the wild shots Oglesby took. Perhaps he had too much of a green light. But there is no one on the Tigers current roster that is anywhere close to the outside threat that Oglesby was. Life might be harder inside for Booker next season because of that.