Big Freshman Wants to Get Bigger

Auburn basketball signee Rob Chubb is getting an early start on his college experience. He talks about that and other subjects in this report.

Auburn, Ala.--Although he is the biggest member of Auburn's 2009 basketball signee class Robert Chubb doesn't believe he is big enough yet.

The six-foot-ten freshman is on campus taking classes and doing strength and conditioning drills with his new teammates.

"I am glad to get an early start on college in the summer," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am going to do some weight-lifting and gain some weight. I like being here and being in the college atmosphere.

"I am also working on having the body of an SEC player so I am trying to gain about 20 more pounds and work on my game a lot," adds Chubb, who notes that he currently weighs 220 pounds after arriving at Auburn from Montverde Academy in Florida where he attended high school as a senior.

"I want to be 235 at least during my freshman season," he notes. "I used to be 230 pounds, but I actually dropped down to 215 at Montverde because Coach (Kevin) Sutton had us on a running program. We were more of a quick, versatile team rather than needing a big, thick, under the basket type of rebounder.

"I definitely got stronger at Montverde," Chubb adds. "They had us on a rigorous workout schedule. I was in the best shape of my life when I was there and I thank Coach Sutton for getting me to where I am now."

Chubb is from Peachtree City, Ga., and committed to Jeff Lebo's program prior to his junior season at McIntosh High School. He transferred to Montverde to face better competition and develop his big man skills last year.

"Montverde was definitely good for me," he says. "If I had stayed at McIntosh and come here I wouldn't have been able to keep up. Montverde was probably the best decision I made as a basketball player and as a student because they taught me studying skills, time-management skills and helped me become a well-rounded person."

Chubb hopes to put those study skills to work at Auburn the next four years. "I am on the fence between business and international business as my major," he says. "I don't know which one is the best choice yet. I am waiting to get around my peers and get some different ideas and aspects of what would be the best major when my graduating class comes out."

He is already spending time with his peers on the basketball court. He is working out with his new teammates in conditioning drills and playing pickup basketball with them, too. "They have taken us under our wing," he points out.

With team practices still several months away, Chubb has plenty of time to hone his individual skills. "I am working on three-point spot-up shots," he says. "I am working on shooting both-handed hook shots. I have a feeling that is going to be my strong point."

He is also working hard on improving his body. "I want to be a bigger player, but I want to be quicker," he says. "I will probably get to around 6-11. I am 6-10 now."

Rob Chubb is shown during a summer workout on the Auburn campus.

Chubb likes playing power forward and is also expecting to play the center position, too. He notes that he is not certain which spot he will be focusing on as a freshman. "I want to brush up on my skills for being a four player because a 6-10 power forward who can jump and rebound is much more valuable than a 6-10 center," he contends.

The new Auburn basketball player says he is glad he was able to get to campus in time to take summer classes. "Being here in summer will help me gain the time management skills I need for college," he says. "I am going to be able to cope better during my freshman year."

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