McRoberts Making His Way Back

Future Blue Devils is returning to form after being sidelined with a back injury earlier this season. To date he's played in four games for Carmel High School, with his most impressive performance coming in his last outing.

Josh McRoberts has been back for four games, but his first big test comes Friday night.

That's when the Carmel High (Ind.) 6-9 junior forward will go up against the state's top team, Lawrence North, and its 6-11 sophomore sensation Greg Oden.

McRoberts, who missed the first 11 games of the season because of stress fractures in his back, has averaged 13.3 points in his first four games back – all wins.

McRoberts has seen his minutes increase from his first game back, when he played 14 minutes and scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 73-53 win over Center Grove, to where he is playing nearly the entire game now.

The biggest adjustment McRoberts has had to deal with since coming back is getting used to playing with the back brace that he has to wear 23 hours a day.

``I'm finally getting used to it. It's awkward to play with it," McRoberts said. "It slows me down a little bit, but I think about it more in practice than when I get going in the games."

McRoberts said he's hoping to get the doctor's go-ahead to cut back in the amount of time he has to don the brace, although he is almost certain he'll have to wear it for the rest of this season's games.

``I'm just hoping I can get it off the other 20 hours a day," he said. "But there's worse things. I'm getting used to it – and now I'm not as easy to move inside."

McRoberts is aware that his numbers are far from staggering, but like another future Blue Devil and likely future roommate, Greg Paulus, the most important thing for McRoberts is whether his team puts up the win.

``I know some people might expect me to dominate games and score a ton," he said. "But as long as we win, all that stuff doesn't matter to me."

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