Former Greensboro player leading the way for Alabama A&M
Fri. February 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | By Barry Allen
HUNTSVILLE | DeMarquelle Tabb is always on the rebound.
The junior forward at Alabama A&M leads the Southwestern Athletic Conference with 9.4 rebounds per game this season. He also leads the league and ranks 17th among NCAA Division I players with 11 double-doubles.
"I just put it my head to get every rebound," Tabb said. "If you have a nose for the basketball when it comes to defense and rebounding, you can’t go wrong."
Tabb said he has spent countless hours working on his rebounding skills.
"When I was a young player, I was told rebounding and defense wins championships," Tabb said. "We always stress defense. The offense will come if you play defense.
"Coach always demands that we go to the highest peak and get the basketball. We did a lot of that in high school, too."
Tabb says learning the skills to become one of the top rebounders in the conference came pretty easy, even at a young age.
"It was not hard at all, somebody has to do the job," Tabb said. "I chose to be a rebounder and to be successful you have to want to do it. I am very glad I did that, it has paid off for me."
Tabb said he patterns his game after NBA LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki.
"Those are a couple of my favorite NBA players and I try and pick up some moves and ideas from their game that will help me," Tabb added.
Tabb is not just a rebounder. He ranks third in the SWAC in blocked shots (1.5) and field goal percentage (.474) and is sixth in the league in scoring (14.4).
He has played in all 25 games for the Bulldogs this season and had scored double figures 20 times. He has four 20-point games this season, including a season-high 25 points against Texas Southern on Jan. 26. Last week, he averaged 21 points and 10.5 rebounds against Alcorn State and Southern.
Earlier this season, he averaged 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in three games against Southeastern Conference foes Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Mississippi State. He tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in the Bulldogs 59-57 win over MSU at Humphrey Coliseum on Dec. 30, 2012.
Tabb fell in love with the game at an early age and he took his skills from pickup games he played a park near his grandmother’s house to Greensboro High School, where he became one of the state’s top players. He played three years for his uncle Ondray Wagner and helped establish the tradition that has become Raiders basketball.
"It makes Greensboro look good, and that’s my hometown," Tabb added. "I am proud of them."
And the folks in Greensboro are equally as proud of Tabb and his accomplishments, too.