"Rubit has really improved his game since last summer," said one national recruiting analyst on hand for the second game, "he hardly looks like the same player."
The Smiley High School product has a nice short hook and can explode to the basket when he gets the ball down low. At one point he made a spin move and slammed the basketball so impressively he sent Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury scrambling to the scorer's table asking, "Who's number 45? Excuse me, who is number 45?"
"I have been working hard this year," said Rubit, "Coaches have been telling me my game has improved a lot and I think maybe I have grown an inch or two."
Houston Hoops teammate 6-foot-9, 290 lb. center Keith Gallon agrees, "He has really gotten better this year," Gallon said, "I mean he was always good, don't get me wrong but he is really dominating out there at times."
Rubit says that college coaches had already began to take notice and that his phone has been ringing a lot lately, an occurrence that will most assuredly increase even more after his play this weekend.
Some pretty big names in college basketball are knocking on Rubit's door, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Clemson, Marquette, Texas A&M, Tulane and Utah. It wasn't all that long ago that only the schools local to his area like Houston and Baylor were his primary suitors.
"A number of the bigger schools were coming to see me play and sending me information, but not really calling much," Rubit said, "Now they are all calling it seems."
Kentucky coach Billy Clyde Gillispie first saw Rubit play while he was at Texas A&M, "He knows my game," Rubit said, "he has seen me play a number of times."
So how does it feel to have big time programs like Kentucky and Tennessee and Marquette calling? "It's hard to process," Rubit responded, "it can be a little overwhelming. Even a year ago I pretty much thought I'd be playing close to home, but doors seem to be opening. I have not given it a lot of thought at the moment. I just want to go out and continue to improve my game and we'll see what happens. But definitely, when a school like Kentucky shows interest in you, you'd be silly not to listen. I am looking forward to talking with coach Gillispie if he continues to be interested."
Rubit says he does not have a recruiting timetable in mind as of today.