The latest subject in SI.com's Q&A series is Terrence Oglesby, a sophomore shooting guard for the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers. Oglesby, one of the ACC's most prolific three-point shooters, is averaging 13.3 points per game. He hails from Cleveland, Tenn., but was born in Kongsberg, Norway, where his father was playing professional basketball, and now has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Norway.
Luke Winn: The dunk you had against Boston College on Feb. 10 ended what was almost your own White Men Can't Jump saga. I heard you'd been taking a lot of heat for your botched jam attempt against Duke on Feb. 4, and felt the need to set the record straight ...
Terrence Oglesby: I was getting a lot of that stuff, especially at restaurants around Clemson. I had elderly people -- 80-year-old men and women -- coming up to me and giving me a hard time about [the missed dunk], saying, "Just let [Trevor] Booker do the dunking." I kept hearing that, so I had to let people know that I could dunk. But I still heard something about it today, so it's never done.
[Here's the made dunk, for the sake of helping his cause ...]
LW: You're one of the few college basketball players with dual citizenship. What's the main benefit of being an American and a Norwegian?
TO: After college, if I'm lucky enough to get the opportunity to play professionally, and it's in Europe, they accept dual citizenship in a way that it doesn't count against the number of Americans you can have on your roster. [Ed: The rules differ from league-to-league, but most countries have an American-player cap between two and five per team.] I just found out about that rule last summer when I played over there, for Norway in the FIBA Under-20 European Championships. You can reap a lot of benefits for being a European citizen, and I'm proud of the fact that I'm from Norway anyway.
LW: You led that Norwegian team in scoring [at 24.4 points per game]; I assume that no matter what happens after Clemson, you'd have a spot on the Norwegian national team.
TO: We'll see what happens. Basketball isn't the biggest thing in Norway, but if they continue to do that [compete internationally], I don't see why I wouldn't play. It was a great opportunity last summer.
LW: I admit I had to look this up, but do you know the name of the only Norwegian to play in the NBA?
TO: Well, no ... but what's funny is, when we practiced, for the Under-20 team, he was there. He played for the Clippers -- something like eight games.
LW: It was Torgeir Bryn. I don't know how to pronounce it. Ten minutes over three games for the '89-90 Clippers. You were pretty close on that.
TO: Ah yes. You say it TOR-GEN. He was a good guy, he played against my dad there. My dad has known him for a long time. [Bryn] is a big guy [he was 6-foot-9] and he was pretty skilled.
LW: And your dad? What did he play?
TO: My dad is 6-8, so he was more of an athletic 3-4 kind of player, and he could shoot the ball, so he was the trail man in a lot of offenses. I got the shooting genes from him, without the height genes. [Terrence is 6-2.]
LW: I read that on your mother's side, the sport of choice was skiing, not basketball.
TO: My grandfather, Oddvar Rønnestad, skied in the Olympics in Squaw Valley [in 1960], in the downhill, slalom and giant slalom. He's one of those short, stout guys who was just really strong.
LW: Where did he finish in those Olympics?
TO: He was a Norweigan champ, and won a gold medal there. But at the Olympics, back then, they had to use different kinds of wax according to different kinds of snow, and he said he went with the wrong wax ... and finished 14th.
[Rønnestad finished 14th in the giant slalom, 51st in the slalom and 20th in the downhill at Squaw Valley. He was also an All-American skier at the University of Denver in 1958.]
LW: Do you ski?
TO: I haven't been able to ski since I was in the eighth grade, and I probably won't do it again for another 15-20 years, because of the basketball, and the injury risk. I don't really have time for now, either: Even when we're in the offseason for basketball, we're still going [to the gym] no matter what.
LW: On to Clemson-related material: The Tigers haven't been out of the first round of the NCAA tournament since 1997. Last year's team was promising, as a five seed, and then was upset by Villanova. Why should we believe Clemson can go deeper in the NCAAs this season?
TO: Defense is coach [Oliver] Purnell's specialty, and you know that it's always going to be there -- we're going to be in your face pressuring you all the time. But this year we have more weapons on offense than ever, too. You have to stop a lot of different people in order to beat us.
LW: Defenses have been double-teaming Trevor Booker more this year than ever, too. I assume that opens some things up.
TO: I feel like Book has been getting more attention, but he's also been making great decisions on the floor, kicking the ball out to open jump shooters when they're there. We all play off of Book, we all know that. We'd be stupid to think we don't need him to win. He's the key to our team, as long as we can play off of him, we're hard team to stop.
LW: The tip-dunk Booker had against Maryland [on Feb. 17, shown below] got a lot of people's attention. You've been around him for the past two years -- what's the craziest thing he's done, athletically, in a practice or a game?
TO: The crazy thing with Book is that he does things like that all the time. He just decides that he's going to jump above and over anybody he feels like. Another dunk he had, against Maryland last year, was probably the most impressive dunk I've seen out of him. Jerome Burney was guarding him and Book just backed into the post with two power dribbles, right into [Burney's] chest, and then rose up and jammed over him. It was amazing.
[It's in the clip below, at the 40-second mark. We apologize in advance for the soundtrack -- this was the only available YouTube.]
LW: Who's the best dunker you've seen elsewhere in the ACC?
TO: The guy who amazed me is Gerald Henderson, from Duke, because he's so smooth when he does it -- he jumps and just glides to the rim. It's a style thing; it's just so easy for him, and he'll have his head up near the rim, and just drop the ball in like it's nothing.
LW: You're a renowned long-distance shooter [having already hit 75 threes this season]. Where are the best shooter's rims in college hoops?
TO: I like Clemson, obviously, but Duke has the softest rims you'll ever play on. No wonder J.J. [Redick] hit so many shots there, because on those rims, they just kind of fall. I wish I'd had a good game there so I could say even more about it, but they do have soft rims. It might be because they have so many shooters up there, they've softened up the rims so much -- Scheyer and Singler and all those guys can shoot.
A lot of shooting can be about the basketball, too, though, more than the rim. Like, at Boston College, the ball they use there -- a Wilson Solution -- is softer, and easier to shoot with than the Nike ball we play with at Clemson. I think good shooters really pay attention to what kind of ball they're using.
LW: Which ACC defender is the best at harassing shooters?
TO: Danny Green [from North Carolina] is good. He's one of the best, because he's long and athletic that he can give you room and still be able to recover and contest the shot. There are a lot of guys in the ACC who can do that though; it's not like you're being guarded by many 5-10 guys who you can just shoot over. It's a league of athletes, so you have to be mentally prepared for every game. Virginia Tech has some guys who can really bother you, too -- especially J.T. Thompson [a 6-6 freshman forward].
LW: Being a white gunner from a small town in Tennessee [Cleveland, population 37,192], are you a fan of Lee Humphrey, the old Florida shooting specialist?
TO: Me and Lee and Corey Brewer actually played in the same AAU program, for the Tennessee Travelers with Charlie Benson, so I've known those guys for a long time. Florida recruited me a little bit, too, so I got to know Lee better when I went to visit down there. I keep up with all those guys still -- but I do look at myself as being a different player than Lee, in that I bring a few more skills to the table, in terms of driving and passing and not just shooting.
LW: Did Florida ever offer you a scholarship?
TO: They never did. I would have looked at them, because that was my dream school growing up. But I ended up in a pretty good place with Clemson. I really enjoy it here.
LW: One of the things I've seen at Clemson, in the past few years, are the shirts that say Oliver Purnell's Posse, or "You Down with OPP?" What does it take to be a member of that posse?
TO: I think all it takes, here, is 10 bucks and a trip to the store. It's a pretty big posse, and it's been getting bigger lately.
LW: If coach Purnell had a real posse -- not just one that you bought shirts to be in -- what would it be like?
TO: The people in it would be intense. I know that. They'd be on top of their business.