Josh Tarver

Josh Tarver

Player Profile


Portland, Ore.

High School:
Jesuit HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 190



2009-10: One of four seniors, will enter the year as the starting point guard for the Beavers ... An excellent ball-handler, passer and defender ... One of the top returning point guards in the Pac-10 Conference.

2008-09: Saw action in 35 games as a junior, starting 20 contests ... Averaged 17.9 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game ... Started in the final 14 contests of the season ... Reached double figures in three games ... Tied a career best of seven assists at Nevada (11/22) ... Was 6-of-7 from the field with 13 points against the Wolf Pack ... Scored a season best 21 points against Yale, marking the second time in his career he scored 20 or more points ... Scored 12 points against Montana State ... Recorded a season high three steals against Vermont and against UTEP in the CBI ... Registered at least two steals on seven occasions ... Had five assists to no turnovers in the CBI championship clinching victory over the Miners ... Had four assists in just 15 minutes in the win at Washington State ... Shot 48.7 percent from the field (56-of-115).

2007-08: One of five players to play in all 31 contests on the season, starting in 22 ... 22 starts ranked second on the squad ... Averaged 24.4 minutes and 6.7 points ... Led the team with 75 assists ... Led the team with 37 steals ... The 37 steals ranked 10th on the Oregon State single-season list ... Had a season-high 14 points at Arizona ... Notched a season and career high six steals against Arizona State ... Recorded a season high six rebounds at LSU ... Tied his career high with seven assists at CS Bakersfield as the total was also a season high. The seven assists were the most by an Oregon State player on the year ... Played a season high 31 minutes four times, including in back-to-back contests against UCLA and at Oregon ... Recorded at least one assist in 29 games and had 19 multiple-assist games ... Recorded five steals at Cal ... Hit a season-high two three-pointers on four occasions ... Scored in double figures seven times ... Was a perfect 2-for-2 from three-point range and 4-of-5 from the field with 10 points at Washington State.

2006-07: Had one of the top freshman campaigns in OSU history ... Started all 32 games and averaged 33.2 minutes, 9.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals ... On OSU's freshman-only records lists, he finished second in minutes played (1,064), third in both assists (123) and steals (40) and ninth in points (293) ... Led all Pac-10 freshmen in average minutes, assists and steals ... Overall in the Pac-10, finished sixth in assists and ninth in minutes played ... Became only the fourth OSU freshman ever to collect 100 assists ... Started alongside his brother Seth seven times ... Scored in double-figures 12 times ... Led the team in assists 20 times and in scoring five times ... Scored a season-high 22 points at Washington, and had a team-high 16 points in the home win vs. the Huskies ... Had a season-high seven assists four times (vs. Oregon, at Washington, vs. Arizona State and vs. Washington) ... His other season highs were eight rebounds at UCLA and four steals vs. Washington ... Played all 45 minutes at California and all 40 minutes in back-to-back games vs. Oregon and UCLA ... Earned the team's Lew Beck Memorial Award (top newcomer).

2005-06: Suffered a broken right foot on Oct. 13 (two days before the official start of practice) and redshirted his true freshman season ... Once healthy, he was very impressive running the scout team in practice.

HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., in 2005 ... Led the team to the Oregon 4A state title and a 28-1 record as a senior ... Had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the state championship game against Lake Oswego, helping the Crusaders rally from a 10-point deficit late in the game ... Named to the all-state second team as a junior and senior, and to the third team as a sophomore ... Voted the Winter Sports Player of the Year by the fans on ... Averaged 16.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals as a senior ... Averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a junior ... Averaged 15.9 points, 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals as a sophomore ... A three-time All-Metro League selection ... A three-time all-state tournament honoree (his last two on the first team) ... Played four years on the varsity ... Team reached the state semifinals his sophomore and junior years and the final his freshman year.

PERSONAL Born in San Bernardino, Calif. ... Son of Jean and John Tarver ... Father was an NFL running back from 1972-75 ... His brothers include Seth (a senior teammate), Zach (a former Oregon State and Portland State football player) and Shon (a standout guard at UCLA from 1991-94 who beat the Beavers with a three-point basket at Pauley Pavilion with five seconds remaining in 1993) ... Sister, Taryn, ran track at Oregon ... Majoring in business administration ... Says the toughest player he has competed against is his brother Seth ... Majoring in business ... Chose OSU because "I thought it was the best opportunity for me. The players and coaches were great. I see Oregon State getting better and I want to be a part of that."

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