2005 Focus: Josh Tabb

Josh Tabb hails from a tiny school tucked in the corner of Southeast Illinois and it didn't help him that he suffered a wrist fracture. But look for him to make his mark for the rest of his junior season and next summer, now that he's finally healthy.

It's no wonder that Josh Tabb didn't shoot the ball particularly well this past summer.

The 6-2 ½, 175-pound Century High (Ill.) junior played through a wrist fracture, which finally required surgery prior to the start of this season.

``I guess it happened last year during the conference tournament," Tabb said. "I fell on it, but I kept playing with it all summer. We finally found out it was broken about a month before I had surgery in October."

Tabb, who averaged 21 points and 10.5 boards per game as a sophomore, had his cast removed a couple weeks ago and is still hopeful he can get the one remaining pin removed from his left wrist and start playing in the next couple of weeks.

``I can play now, but I don't want to jeopardize anything," he added. "Right now I'm just trying to get back into shape."

Tabb plays at the tiny Class A school tucked in the corner of Southern Illinois, six hours from Chicago. But that hasn't stopped him from getting plenty of attention from college coaches.

Illinois has been the most aggressive, according to both Tabb and his coach at Century, Andy Palmer. Marquette, Kansas, Michigan State, Nebraska, Missouri and Southern Illinois have also taken an interest – most of which came from his summer performance with the Illinois Warriors.

``Josh can really get to the basket," Palmer said. "He's a great passer who sees the floor well and is a pretty good defender."

It's believed that Tabb needs to work on his perimeter shot, but his struggles from the outside could be related to his recent wrist injury.

``Last year I couldn't really shoot," Tabb said. "It really bothered me. I think this year it'll be much better."

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