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December 20, 2013

No. 25 Iowa ready for return of Oglesby

DES MOINES (AP) — No. 25 Iowa is gearing up for the return of junior guard Josh Oglesby, one of the team's best outside threats.

Now the Hawkeyes just have to find a place to play him.

Oglesby, who missed the first 12 games of the season with a broken foot, is expected to make his season debut Sunday when Iowa (10-2) wraps up non-conference play against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-8).

But the Hawkeyes already use at least 10 players a game — and benches typically get shorter once league play starts.

Still, coach Fran McCaffery considers Oglesby a versatile player with Big Ten play just a week and a half away.

"I look at him as one of our better players. He can pass, he can defend. He doesn't turn it over, he's experienced and he happens to make some jump shots," McCaffery said. "Whatever we need to do with him, we'll do with him. He's ready."

As a freshman two years ago, Oglesby was one of the Hawkeye's best outside shooters. A season-long slump in 2012-13 cast doubts on his future role with Iowa.

Oglesby's 3-point shooting dipped from 37.2 percent to 26.9 percent last season. He finished just 52 of 190 from the floor — dismal numbers for any player but especially brutal for a shooting guard.

But McCaffery remains optimistic that Oglesby, who he views as much more than a spot-up shooter off the bench, can play key minutes for a team in line to compete for a conference title.

Though Oglesby is still working to get back into shape, McCaffery said he was impressed by how Oglesby looked in practice ahead of his season debut.

"The thing about Josh is, he just really knows how to play. And when you put a guy on the floor who is 6-foot-6, is tough, who can make shots and can handle the ball and knows what to do...those guys help you win," McCaffery said.

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