Josh Tabb Looks at the Illini

<p>Illinois is in the mix for lots of kids in the class of '05 due to having 5 scholarships. Read here to see what Josh Tabb's coach had to say about Josh and his future:

Josh Tabb is a 6'3 guard from Ullin Century High School. Century is currently 18-4 this year as they get closer and closer to regionals. Coach Andy Palmer took time to talk with Illiniboard.com to give us the inside scoop on his star player Josh Tabb.

Tabb is a nice sized guard who probably will be wanted to play the 1 or 2 guard spot in college. "Currently he plays the 2 or 3 for us but he'll play wherever he's needed. I see him as a 1 or 2 guard in college," said Palmer. I asked Palmer about the perception that Tabb might not be as good as advertised due to the fact that he plays Class A ball. "The perception of Class A ball isn't really hurting him. I think the AAU competition offsets that and this summer he played really well, he'd be successful at either level," said Palmer. Tabb does play AAU ball for Larry Butler's Illinois Warrior.

Included on that team are other Illinois targets Julian Wright and Jon Scheyer, along with oral commitment Jamar Smith. Palmer thinks that Tabb's friendship with Wright could be a deciding factor. "Josh and Julian are great friends that play together on the Warriors and there's talk that they might go to the same school as a package type deal," said Palmer.

So which schools are in the running for Tabb's services? "Right now there are a bunch of schools and Illinois is one. I'd say they're close to the top. He was really impressed by their game against Michigan State," said Palmer. So what is it about the University of Illinois that Tabb likes? "He really likes the University itself. He loves the way they play defense. He's been to the campus and a game last year. He's been to the elite camps. Weber started recruiting him when he was at SIU," claims Palmer.

Palmer was also asked what he thinks Tabb's main strengths are and he said, " he really sees the floor well. He's a great passer and good off the dribble. He's improved his 3 point shooting but the best thing is that he always competes."

As of the time we talked, Illinois had not yet offered. "They told him that he's one of their top priorities though," says Palmer.


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