Salukis Steal One In Tabb

Two weeks ago when Chris Lowery was an assistant at Illinois, junior Josh Tabb would have been an excellent recruit. Now that Lowery is the head coach at Southern Illinois, his addition carries even more weight.

There is no doubt that Southern Illinois landed itself a big timer in the form of Century (IL) Ullin junior guard Josh Tabb. The 6-4 shooting guard who is more than capable of playing a little point in the pinch, committed to the Salukis this week.

Tabb, a high-major recruit, is headed to one of the most successful mid-major programs in the land.

"Basically I just went with this feeling inside," Tabb said. "I've always been small town since I've been here. I'm just trying to put us back on the map. It doesn't matter where you are at as long as you have players and want to work at it."

Tabb spurned offers from DePaul and Purdue to commit to the Salukis. This spring, he distinguished himself while playing with the Illinois Warriors. He's got excellent speed and does an outstanding job of getting into the paint and finishing. Tabb is a standout on both ends of the floor.

Last season, Tabb broke a bone in his wrist but came back to average 21 points in an abbreviated season.

It's rare when a program can have three different coaches in three years and be considered successful. In SIU's case, it lost Bruce Weber to Illinois and Matt Painter to Purdue. Now, with Lowery stepping in and Tabb committing, a message is being sent that the Salukis are going to be near the top of the mid-major heap for years to come.

SIU's recent successes definitely attracted Tabb to the program. One day, he envisions himself making it happen for the Salukis in NCAA play.

"It would be real special," Tabb said of helping SIU in the NCAA Tournament. "That's one of the main goals that I'm trying to accomplish once I go there."

For new coach Chris Lowery, one mission has already been accomplished.

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