Whether it be the basketball gods, football gods, or that which governs any number of other sports, it seems as though this higher power often inflicts upon those teams with unique qualities from the rest injuries that in turn level the playing field.
It could occur to a key player, at a key moment, or simply at random, but if you are a fan of sports in any fashion you have more than likely witnessed a member of your beloved team go down with an injury. For the Iowa basketball team that player is currently Josh Oglesby.
While many fans of this team are probably wondering right now why I seem to have magnified the significance of the loss of a role player off the bench, this opening was really just more of a personal beef that I have with injuries in the realm of sports. I think most people would agree that the ultimate desire is to see two teams in competition with one another at full strength in order to determine who is truly superior. If it were possible to eliminate the inconvenient variable that is the injury bug, the sports world would be a much better place in my humble opinion.
Anyhow, back to the important subject of this article, the Hawkeyes will be without the services of junior guard Josh Oglesby for approximately six weeks as he recovers from a broken right foot suffered in practice this past Wednesday. A designated shooter, the 6-5 Oglesby is expected to return in time for conference play.
Although he was neither expected to start nor star for Iowa, the loss somewhat lessens one of the biggest advantages the Hawkeyes expect to have against their opponents this season, which is depth.
Iowa was expected to go 11 deep this year, and hopefully use its depth to wear down the opposition over the course of a 40 minute game. The temporary loss of Oglesby hampers this plan somewhat, but not to a huge degree. The player most likely to pick up the majority of his minutes is the same player who has been competing with him for the role of marksman off the Iowa bench.
That would be freshman Peter Jok.
The 6-6 swingman had been slated to see the floor anyway according to head coach Fran McCaffery, but should see more extensive minutes for the time being. Hawkeye fans are excited to see last year’s Iowa Mr. Basketball on the court, and most don’t expect to see much of a drop off if any as Jok steps into an increased role.
Certainly nobody in the Iowa program wants to see one of its players go down hurt, but in this instance it may actually benefit the team in the long run. As a junior Oglesby has been through the fire for two years, but Jok is only just now experiencing live division 1 action for the first time. The next six weeks provide him with a great opportunity to gain confidence and become accustomed to the challenges that the college game presents.
That being said, whenever Oglesby is fully healed and can get back on the court the Hawkeyes will welcome him with open arms. As a team with one of its biggest question marks being three point shooting heading into the year, getting one of its better shooters back into the fold will only be beneficial.
For the time being, look for Jok to adjust and grow as a player while Hawk fans await the hopefully speedy return of Oglesby.