If Clemson is to build upon their success from a 23-9 record last season, it looks like they are going to have to do it without Terrence Oglesby.
Oglesby, the sophomore shooting guard, has decided to leave the ACC and say hello to Europe.
Oglesby averaged 13.2 PPG last season, but his impact goes far beyond the statistics.
He was Clemson's clutch player; his long-range shooting provided amazing daggers that made the difference between close wins and heart-breaking losses that Tiger fans had become all too accustomed to.
As just a freshman, Oglesby was instrumental in an overtime victory against Wake Forest, went 5-for-7 against Virginia Tech, and scored a big trey in the final four minutes to help the Tigers beat Duke in the ACC tournament.
All of these games hinged on some of the momentum plays provided by the energetic shooter.
He provided a good balance with Trevor Booker who dominated the boards in the ACC last season.
Oglesby will be following in the footsteps of fellow sophomore Nick Calathes, the Florida Gator also opted to forgo his final two seasons to play professionally and return home to Greece.
Given the Brandon Jennings situation, college players in Europe are becoming an increasingly talked about issue.
The decision seems rather surprising at first for Oglesby, but there is logic behind it. Both of his parents have ties to Europe and Oglesby maintains dual citizenship.
This will undoubtedly put a dent in the plans of Oliver Purnell and Clemson as they prepare for the 2009-10 season.
Oglesby may not be a big name, but he could be a big loss.
For a Clemson team that struggles mightily from the free throw line, Oglesby represented a mental toughness that helped the Tigers reach the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
Is he an NBA star in the making?
Would he have ever made first team All-ACC?
However, Oglesby's departure does make the race for third place in the ACC far more interesting.
Clemson may be a bit maligned, but the Tigers have posted three straight 20 win seasons. Their record is the third best of any ACC team during that stretch, and coach Purnell has the second best winning percentage in school history.
Clemson is going in the right direction, and although Oglesby may not be a stop sign, it is an unexpected bump in the road.
Will it take them off course?
How much will the departure of Oglesby affect the Clemson program?