HE’S currently leading the NBL in blocked shots and Hawks big man AJ Ogilvy is taking the same approach off the court.
The 29-year-old has made a steady return to form in three straight victories for the Hawks, but copped the brunt of criticism for his side’s 1-5 start to the season.
Fox Sports analysts Shane Heal and Corey Williams were among the critics, with the latter lashing Ogilvy’s form in his ‘Homicide’s Hot Take’ video segment for the NBL (the video has since been deleted).
Asked about it this week, the three-time, reigning, All-NBL first team centre told Hoopla he’s never wasted energy on external commentary – good or bad.
“I don’t listen to what people say, negative or positive, there’s no point reading your own press,” Ogilvy said.
“Someone like Corey, he’s trying to create a media presence for himself now that he’s done playing, he’s going to look to say controversial things.
“He’s got to do what he’s got to do but I just ignore it, as I think most players in the league do.”
Ogilvy has two double-doubles this season and has averaged 11 points, seven boards and three assists in the Hawks past three road wins.
It puts them at 4-5 for the season and within reach of a top-four spot ahead of their home clash with Sydney on Thursday.
Ogilvy said confidence will be high following Saturday’s come-from-behind road win over Adelaide.
“We’ve won three in a row on the road now and really turned our season around,” he said.
“If we’d lost those three we’d have really been staring down the barrel of a very long season.
“We’ve done a good job of turning it around, we’ve stuck to our guns and we’ve been able to get back to the type of basketball we like to play.
“A lot of it’s to do with confidence. We got that first win on the road in Brisbane and we’ve been able to build from there.
“We’ve got Sydney this week at home and then we’re back on the road again [against Cairns] so we can’t be to focused on what’s happened, we need to be looking at what’s coming.”