Rubit Preps For Big Summer

Augustine Rubit is coming down the stretch of an impressive junior season. After the playoffs, he's planning to hit the gym hard and get ready to play on a new AAU team this spring.

Augustine Rubit has high expectations for this summer. After dominating the Houston area this season, the Houston (Tex.) Smiley standout is ready to take on some nationally ranked opponents.

"Last year was my first year playing AAU because I didn't really start playing basketball until I got to high school, so I didn't know much about it," Rubit said. "I was playing on a low level team and we didn't go to any big tournaments."

This summer Rubit is planning to play with Houston Hoops. "Now I think I'm finally going to get some recognition because I'm playing for a big organization," he said. "I'm going to get to play against all of the top players in the nation."

Recognition is something Rubit deserves. He's averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds a game and has led Smiley to a 22-5 record, including a bye in the first round of the playoffs, which start this weekend.

In December at the Houston vs. The Nation event, Rubit owned the paint in Smiley's two games. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound post prospect used his developed post moves to score inside and get to the line.

Rubit also attacked the glass and picked up double-doubles in both of Smiley's games in the event. Already equipped with solid post moves and the desire to rebound, Rubit is trying to improve his athleticism.

"I need to work on my speed and just my explosiveness," he said. "I work on my moves a lot, so I'm pretty good at that. I'm just working on after I get the move I can dunk it in somebody's face."

This summer will also be big for Rubit from a recruiting standpoint. At this point he's garnered interest from Baylor, Marquette, Houston, South Alabama (offer) and Stephen F. Austin (offer).

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