Oglesby Hopes to Regain Shooting Touch

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Josh Oglesby’s new approach to shooting, at least the mental side of it, is to think of it as a flip of a coin.

“It’s going to be heads or tails and you have a 50-50 shot for the next one to go in,” said Oglesby, a junior guard for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Oglesby decided to see a sports psychologist this summer after shooting a dismal 27 percent (42 of 156) from the 3-point arc last season. He wanted to clear the decks and come into the 2013-14 season with strategies to overcome getting down on himself, something he said he did all too easily last season after missing shots early in games.

“I think the biggest thing is just forgetting about last year and coming in fresh, and carrying over from practice to games,” the Cedar Rapids Washington grad said, “because I’m shooting so well in practice right now.”

Yes, you’ve heard that before. It became a bit of a mantra for Iowa coach Fran McCaffery last season when Oglesby started slowly with from the arc and never really hit his stride.

McCaffery isn’t backtracking on Oglesby. If anything, he’s doubling down.

“I just consistently encourage my guys to shoot the ball,” McCaffery said during the team’s media day Wednesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, “and I think in particular sometimes you have a player that needs to work on his release, can you make that quicker?

“We did that with [former Hawkeye] Matt Gatens in particular. His first year with us he was passing up what I thought were good shots and he was shooting the ball right in defenders’ faces the following year because he really worked on coming off screens and shooting the ball quicker, and we’ve done that with Josh. I think you’re going to see a completely different Josh Oglesby.”

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