LITTLE ROCK – With a crowd that included Arkansas assistant Melvin Watkins and a lot of the nation's top college head coaches looking on, Robert Hubbs III showed Friday night what all the fuss was about.
Hubbs poured in 18 points to lead his M33M Elite squad over the Illinois Warriors 62-44 in the opening game of pool play of the Real Deal in the Rock.
The 6-6, 190-pound Newbern (TN) Dyer County prep star is regarded as the 79th best 2013 player nationally and a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
"We played real good and got the jitterbugs out in what was our first game of the season," Hubbs said. "It was big just to get out and get the W and get this going."
Hubbs has seen his recruiting blow up with offers from Arkansas and plethora of other schools.
"Basically almost the whole SEC have offered me now as well as Missouri and Oklahoma State," Hubbs said. "Plus the local school (Memphis). I am just trying to work hard and get my name out there as much as I can."
Hubbs says that he really likes Arkansas' program and plans to take one of his official visits there in the fall.
"Arkansas is a great school and Mike Anderson is a great coach," Hobbs said. "He likes the fast tempo and so do I. I think he has got things going there and they are about to really take off."
"The kid is just a special player," Kuyper said. "He is one of those once of a lifetime guys. He can do everything well – shoots it, can pass because he sees the floor so well. He just knows how to play the game. He'll make everybody around him better."
Hubbs teams on M33M with 6-8 Briarcrest forward Austin Nichols, who has an offer from Duke among others.
NiNichols had 16 points in the opening win.
"That is a great one-two punch," Kuyper said. "I would say it has got to be close to the best in the country. Nichols is special, too. I have never seen a power forward or 4-5 coming through Memphis that is that talented."
Dyer County – which is located about 85 miles from Memphis – went 30-2 last season as the community rallied about it team.
"It is a real small town, like 3,000 people," Hobbs said. "I just want to work hard, make my name and just become the first one to get out of there and go big time."
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