Hubert to UNC

Desmond Hubert has had his list of schools down to a pair for a while. On Thursday, he narrowed it one, committing to Roy Williams and North Carolina.

"I took basketball out of the equation and tried to picture myself as a regular student at each university," Hubert said on Thursday.

"I decided that I felt comfortable with the students and campus and overall also with the quality education I can get by going there."

Hubert picked UNC over his other finalist, Maryland.

"When he came back from his visit he was very impressed with the entire North Carolina presentation," Hubert's AAU coach Jimmy Salmon said. "Especially about the post playing network and fraternity of Carolina players."

Hubert, a standout at New Egypt (N.J.) High ranked by Scout.com as the No. 13 center in the 2011 class, is known for his ability to block shots, but Salmon said he brings more to the table.

"He's a very good defender," he said. "When it comes to post guys everyone thinks shot blocking is the best weapon. But he just locks people up. He's not just a shot blocker. His man doesn't usually do the bulk of the scoring."

Salmon, who coached Hubert for a couple years on the travel circuit, said the 6-foot-9 center has a tremendous upside.

"He's a kid that is oozing with potential," he said. "He gets better every time I see and I don't think he's scratched the surface as far as who he can be as a player."

Hubert, who averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocks as a senior, becomes the fourth signee to join UNC's 2011 class, joining James McAdoo, P.J. Hairston and Stilman White.

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