The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were out to land a versatile guard in the 2018 class, and they did just that with the addition of Prentiss Hubb on Wednesday evening. Hubb made an official visit to South Bend in April, and now Mike Brey and his staff have a player whose skill set fits exactly what they like to do.
Whether it has been Jerian Grant, Matt Farrell, or even Ben Hansbrough, Brey has clearly wanted big point guards who are versatile and can thrive in ball screen situations. That is exactly what the Irish now have in Hubb.
At around 6-foot-3 with very good floor vision and excellent athleticism, Hubb is a player who does his best work in ball screen sets. At this point in his development Hubb is a bit of a shot first player, but he has grown over the years with his point guard acumen. He has especially shown growth when using ball screens. When he comes off of screens he sees the floor well, and has a solid idea of how to set up defenders in order to get to the rim or create space for a jumper.
Currently Hubb is best when playing downhill and using his combination of size and athleticism to finish at the rim, but he is also a capable jump shooter as well. He is at his best shooting when he gets a rhythm dribble and fires, but also he is fairly reliable off the catch. He needs to get more consistent with his footwork, and that should come in time, but already he is a threat from deep, and should only get better once he gets to college.
On the defensive end Hubb can guard a variety of players. He has the size to guard combos and wings, and also the quickness to defend point guards. In high school he played alongside 5-foot-7 Chris Lykes, so Hubb has a ton of experience guarding taller players, while in AAU he has primarily defended point guards and been successful with that.
In addition to his physical abilities, Hubb shows a desire on the defensive end and plays with a good motor. That allows him to be somebody who should come in immediately and at least be reliable on the defensive end, with the potential to be a plus defender down the road.
Overall this is a quality addition for Notre Dame. They shocked many in the Washington D.C. area by reeling in this commitment, and now they have their point guard of the future, and someone who can also help them off the ball if he is needed to simply focus on scoring.