While the football team was playing Michigan in Byrd Stadium, the Maryland basketball staff was diligently recruiting Oct. 3 inside Xfinity Center. The Terps hosted star local class of 2018 point guard Prentiss Hubb (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.), who, along with 2018 power forward Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joe’s/Baltimore, Md.), left College Park, Md., with an offer in tow.
“I was really excited about the offer,” said Hubb, who now holds verbals from Cincinnati, NC State, Xavier and UMD. “I was sitting down with my family and Coach Turgeon in his office, and when he said I had the offer I couldn’t believe it. I was speechless. Him offering like that, it was a real confidence booster. It means a lot to me. I felt like I wanted to commit on the spot. I’m so happy all my hard work is paying off. I’m considering that school a lot and now I’m even more excited that I have the offer.”
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Hubb has long been a Terps fan. Like St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) 2016 point guard Anthony Cowan, Hubb has been pining for a UMD offer and could very well end up in College Park in a couple years.
“Maryland is definitely No. 1 right now. Definitely No. 1,” Hubb said. “I’m thinking about committing like next summer or maybe before next season. It’s way early for me, but I like Maryland a lot.”
In particular, he’s infatuated with UMD’s style of play. He likes how the Terps emphasize guard play and routinely have three guards on the floor at a time.
“I love how they play up-tempo, I love how the guards run the offense and I just love the team in general,” Hubb said. “They have Melo [Trimble] there now and my friend Anthony Cowan is coming in. They have some great point guards coming through, and that makes me excited about them.
“Then the fans, I love the fans at Maryland. They create a great atmosphere and I love how they make it difficult for other teams. I didn’t get to go to a game last year, but I’ll definitely be up there a bunch this year. Maryland should be real good this year, so I’m excited to see them play.”
Another factor playing in Maryland’s favor is that Hubb is friends with Mark Turgeon’s son, Will Turgeon. The two are in the same class at Gonzaga, and Hubb called Will Turgeon “a real cool guy.”
“Me and Will are really close. He’s on the jayvee team, and we hang out and all,” Hubb said. “We joke around about me going to Maryland, and I told him I’m probably going there (laughs). This [offer] will just make our friendship closer.”
Hubb has been in College Park three times during the last year. He said he’s spoken to Mark Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark several times, and has readily taken to both. He’s also had a chance to watch the team work out and meet a few players.
“I love it up there. It’s a great campus and a great place to play,” Hubb said. “[Oct 3] we sat in on a workout and the assistants showed me around the school and different things like that. Then we sat down with Coach Turgeon and we talked about academics and how character wins more games than skills. He just wanted to let me know I have really good character and how he likes how I work hard in the classroom. I told him that meant a lot to me.”
Besides UMD, Hubb has visited Villanova for a team camp. He plans to see Xavier in the near future since the Musketeers are after him, while Hubb will be checking out a few other campuses as well.
The Gonzaga product said he’d love to procure offers from Notre Dame and UNC, but neither have recruited him thus far.
“I’m still just a sophomore, so I’ll see how things play out,” said Hubb, who plays for the D.C. Premier AAU squad. “My main focus right now is on getting better and becoming a better point guard. But it’s exciting to get all this early recruiting interest.”