The Maryland staff identified several new sophomore targets during the first two live periods in mid-April, but that doesn’t mean head coach Mark Turgeon and Co. have eased up on the prospects they offered months ago. Local point guard Prentiss Hubb (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.) has held a UMD verbal since October 2015, and the 6-foot-2, 165-pounder said he’s still feeling the love from the hometown school.
“Maryland is always in my ear, just coming to open gyms at Gonzaga and making sure they show their face when I’m playing,” said Hubb, who holds offers from UMV, UVA, Georgetown, Marquette, Wake, NC State, Cincinnati, Xavier and Penn State. “I know they’re heavily recruiting me and want me, just because of how much they come around. I can’t really talk to them a whole lot yet, but I always say hello when they’re here.”
Turgeon, whose son attends Gonzaga and is a friend of Hubb’s, was the one who offered the 2018 guard, but the lead recruiter is assistant Bino Ranson. Hubb said the two haven’t had a ton of contact yet since he’s just a sophomore, but the D.C. product still characterized their relationship as “pretty good.”
“A lot of coaches can’t talk to me intensely or being in heavy contact with me yet, but me and Coach Bino do talk,” Hubb said. “He’s a good guy and it’s always cool when I see him.”
Hubb said he had a chance to attend numerous games at nearby College Park, Md., last season. He followed the Terps from the beginning of the season all the way through the Sweet 16.
“The last time I was at Maryland was during the winter for a game, but I’ve been there a bunch,” Hubb said. “Just watching them play and seeing them work, I really like the system and how they play there. I really like Maryland’s style and how they use their guards. I think I’d fit in very well there.
“And just going up there, I always feel welcome and like being around the coaches and players.”
Hubb previously called Maryland his favorite school, although he admitted that was probably a bit premature so early in the recruiting process. That said, he holds the Terps in high regard.
“Maryland is still high for me,” Hubb said. “It’s too early to say leaders because you never know what can happen, but I like [the Terps] a lot.”
Besides UMD, the only campus Hubb was able to see last winter was Georgetown’s. The Hoyas ended up offering after Hubb attended one of their games. The Gonzaga guard doesn’t know which schools he’ll be trekking through next, preferring to wait until after the live periods to see what offers he procures.
“I’m just in the gym, focusing on school work and waiting for the school year to end,” Hubb said. “Then after that and I see all who offers, I’ll get out on some visits this summer.”
During the first two AAU sessions, Hubb shined for D.C. Premier on the Under Armour circuit. He said he averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game for a Premier team that went 6-2 combined in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Indianapolis, Ind.
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“I did a good job of shooting the 3 and hitting from the perimeter, and also finding my teammates. But I have to get my ball-handling more crisp, that’s one thing I’m working on,” said Hubb, who added his Marquette and Wake offers following the live periods. “I think I did show I’m able to play with the top competition in the Under Armour circuit, though, but I’m just working hard and getting better at all aspects of my position. I played mainly the ‘1’ [point guard] with D.C. Premier, and I’m trying to be more of that true point-guard type of player. That’s how I see myself at the next level.”