After starting the year with an unfortunate broken foot, Josh Oglesby actually came on and helped the Hawkeyes a lot. He shot well, he was a spark off the bench, and he defended well, which is probably his best asset. After a rough sophomore season is which Oglesby shot 22% from behind the arc, he followed it up with a 40% effort in the 2013-2014 campaign. That’s way better.
Oglesby averaged around 19 minutes a game and scored around 6.5 points per. He played in just 21 of the 33 games due to the aforementioned broken foot. His best game probably came against Minnesota in Iowa City when he poured in 17 points and probably could’ve hit from the 12th row of the student section, that’s how hot he was. I was fortunate enough to witness the fantastic effort by the soon-to-be senior.
The Good: Josh took a huge leap from his sophomore year to his junior year. He was much more consistent this year compared to last, he seemed smarter with the ball, and he knew when to take his shots and when to pass them up. I was most impressed with him on the defensive side. Aside from Gabriel Olaseni and his shot blocking, I would’ve considered Oglesby the best defender. He’s definitely the best on-ball defender on the team. Oglesby also rarely turns the rock over, which is always good.
The Bad: The fact that he had to miss the first 12 games is probably the worst thing about Oglesby’s year. He doesn’t do a lot of bad things while he’s on the court. But, if I had to put my finger on something I’d say his lack of ability to make plays by himself. He usually needs someone else to get him the ball, which isn’t a bad thing, but I’d like to see him develop an off the dribble game going into next year, it’ll really help him take the next step in becoming a really good basketball player.
Final Grade: B+
I think this is fair for Josh. Like I said earlier, he doesn’t make mistakes, but he also isn’t very flashy. But you don’t have to be flashy to be an effective ball player. I don’t know if Oglesby will start next year, but he’ll be a valuable piece off the bench for Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff.