Class of 2013 Robert Hubbs, III, Update

Dyer County (Newbern, TN) High School junior two-guard/wing Robert Hubbs, III, is one of the top players in the class of 2013. He and his head coach, Derek McCord, discuss the type player he is and his recruitment.

  • Name: Robert Hubbs, III
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: Dyer County (Newbern, TN) High School
  • Position: Two-Guard
  • HT: 6-5, WT: 195
  • Ranking: 3 Star
  • Offers: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State, Missouri, New Mexico, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Murray State, Kent State
  • Robert Hubbs, III

    Describe your overall game.
    "How I describe my game is a type of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. I like to get to the rack a lot, get fouled and shoot free throws."

    Talk a little more in detail about your game, especially offensively.
    "I basically can do all of it, whatever way is needed to get my team a win. Really, just get to the rack and score."

    I noticed while watching your game tonight, you seem to thrive when the game is on the line. Is that something you are comfortable with?
    "Yes sir, I like taking over the game. That is my role here at Dyer County. First of all, I have to get my teammates involved. Then, when it is a close game, coach is going to give me the ball and let me go to work."

    Considering you have 13 scholarship offers so far, you obviously have a special talent. When did you realize that you had that special talent?
    "By my freshman year, when Coach put me in the game, I started playing with 17 and 18-year-olds. I gained confidence and felt like I could play with the big boys."

    You play AAU ball with the M303M team. How long have you been playing with them?
    "This summer coming up will be my third year to play with them."

    That program is a big-time AAU program. Due to that, colleges came to see them play and saw you play due to that. When did you start noticing that colleges were looking at you?
    "Schools started giving me looks about the middle of my sophomore season. Memphis came up first. Then other schools started coming to look at me about the start of my junior year in school."

    What happened between your sophomore and junior seasons to cause teams to pick up the recruiting pace with you?
    "I had a good season in AAU. My coach gave me freedom, gave me the green light to play basketball and do what I do."

    When did colleges start offering you?
    "They started offering me mid-way in July and August."

    Did it surprise you that you received so many offers?
    "Yes, it surprised me."

    What are your thoughts about the schools that are recruiting you? Do you have any favorites among the ones that are recruiting you?
    "I don't really have a favorite. I am giving all the schools equal looks, see what their programs are like, how many players they have coming in, watching a couple of their games on tv to see how they work."

    What are you looking for in a school?
    "A championship caliber team."

    Have you taken any unofficial visits to any schools such as going to their games?
    "No sir, I haven't gone to any games but I plan on going to some games."

    Do you have an idea which ones you will unofficially visit?
    "No sir, not yet."

    Dyer County HS head coach Derek McCord

    What do you like about Robert?
    "Robert is a dual-threat player. He is one of those guys who can get to the rim and make moves in the lane. He plays above the rim but he is also a tremendous three-point shooter. He is a pure shooter. He is getting recruited by some excellent SEC schools as a shooting guard.

    "I think he is a combo guy because he jumps good and plays well enough around the basket. Dual-threat guys are the hardest to guard because if you crowd them, they blow by you. If you back off, they stick shots.

    "Robert is so smooth that it almost looks like he is in cruise control but he isn't. He's so smooth. He can get to the rim, he's a great free-throw shooter. He guards well. He can guard anybody, two through five."

    "But his best qualities are that he is a great, great kid, a high-trust, low-maintenance kid. He is so unselfish. He is great in school, has great parents, has a great family. He's the total package."

    What have the college coaches told you that they like about him?
    "They like his shooting. Vanderbilt has compared him to an athletic John Jenkins. They have been down here five times. (Vanderbilt head coach) Kevin Stallings has been here. Florida likes him as a shooting guard. (Florida head coach) Billy Donovan has a reputation for getting Tennessee guys.

    "(College coaches) know that we are playing teams in the Memphis area; we are playing the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks night-in, night-out. We are playing good quality teams that are well-coached."

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