McKenzie guard Breshaun Oglesby was set to end his high school career with a standout senior season with hopes of leading the Rebels to new heights in the postseason.
During the second game of the year, those aspirations took a tumble as Oglesby went down hard after an attempted dunk against Greenfield in the first quarter. The result was a broken wrist.
“It was frustrating at first because they thought my season was over,” Oglesby said. “As I went through everything, my mom and my coach were there for me, and I started to get optimistic.”
Oglesby is one of those athletes that every coach wishes he could have on his team with a great athletic ability and strong work ethic.
He wasn’t going to allow this injury to slow him down, and last week, he returned to the court against Dresden.
“I came back a month early,” Oglesby said. “They were saying I would be back by district tournaments, but now I have 10-12 games to play in the regular season.”
Because of his work ethic, Oglesby put in the time to get back to the court in the best condition possible.
“I knew I had to keep running, work on dribbling with one hand and doing curl weights in my other hand,” he said. “I wanted them to see how hard I was working, and let that motivate them.
“The whole thing was to come back better.”
Oglesby seems to have picked up right where he left off in his time off as he scored 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field in the Dresden game, and he followed that with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting against West Carroll.
“He has made an impact already,” McKenzie coach John Wilkins said. “It is like he hasn’t missed a beat in some aspects. I think it was good for him to sit as a coach and see things from my point of view. We had a lot of conversations on different parts of the game.”
The immediate impact that Oglesby has had does not surprise Wilkins.
“It is rare to comeback and have that impact, but Breshaun has the ability and the work ethic,” Wilkins said. “The amount of work that he put in for this year is among the best in West Tennessee. He put in the time this summer.”
McKenzie has improved because the team had to learn to play and win without Oglesby on the court.
“It is a blow that you don’t want to see, but on the drive back home that night, I was looking at the positives and how we have to develop depth,” Wilkins said. “We have had different guys step up. Some guys got more minutes and some were asked to carry more of the load.
“When Breshaun is on the floor, they defer to him, but with him off the floor, others have had to take charge.”
Players had to step up their role to lead McKenzie to strong first-half record.
“Seeing players like Brandon Baucum, Jack [Surber] and Ed [Dudley] step up, it makes me believe that might be even better,” Oglesby said. “Everyone knows what it takes now.”
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