Romero Osby Back 100 Percent

Most kids aren't mature enough to look at an injury and see how it can help in the long run. However, that's exactly what 6-foot-8 junior forward Romero Osby has done since suffering a wrist injury that kept him out of action this past July.

Romero Osby didn't realize it in the summer, but the wrist injury that sidelined him for July may have been a blessing in disguise.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound (he's put on about 15 pounds since the summer) junior forward at Northeast Lauderdale High (Miss.) is averaging 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in his first 10 games this season.

More importantly, the team is 9-1.

``I'm fully healed and I got a personal trainer after my injury," Osby said. "I feel like I'm a better player than I was before I got hurt."

Osby said that he's facing plenty of defenses that key on him – box-in-one's and triangle-in-two's – but his coach has put in a lot to ease the load.

``I'm coming off a lot of screens to get open," Osby said. "I'm shooting the ball in transition."

Osby said that for a while he was depressed after he suffered the wrist injury.

``I felt sorry for myself, but then I snapped out of it," he said.

Osby said his recruitment hasn't changed all that much. Mississippi State has expressed the most interest with schools like Texas, Florida, Georgia Tech and Memphis all in the mix as well. He said that Alabama coach Mark Gottfried and also a coach of Kansas were both in the gym earlier this week for a game in which he scored 26 points and grabbed 13 boards.

``I want to go somewhere where I can flourish and show my versatility," Osby said. ``Right now I'm just letting it roll and don't have any favorites."


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