Clemson’s Oglesby to leave school, play professionally in Europe

Terrance Oglesby, who was born in Norway, is now leaving Clemson to play basketball in Europe.

Terrence Oglesby, who was born in Norway, is now leaving Clemson to play basketball in Europe.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Oliver Purnell was eating breakfast along South Carolina’s coast when he found out he had a very big hole to fill in next year’s starting lineup.

Terrence Oglesby, the Tigers’ shoot-from-anywhere sophomore, called Purnell on Tuesday morning to tell him he was off to play professionally in Europe, giving up his final two college seasons.

Oglesby, from Cleveland, Tenn., led the team with 92 three-pointers last season and was often an offensive catalyst in Clemson’s NCAA season. But he’ll be remembered by some for his final act with the Tigers, throwing an intention elbow to Michigan’s Stu Douglass and getting ejected from the first-round NCAA loss to the Wolverines.

Purnell had had several conversations with Oglesby since season’s end to discuss 2009-10 and was blindsided by his guard’s decision.

“I’m disappointed he won’t be with us,” Purnell said Wednesday. “Yet at the same time, it’s a decision I believe he made in concert with his family. It is what it is.”

To read the rest of the story about the Norwegian-American basketball superstar on USA Today, click here.

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