Cuonzo lands Hubbs

Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin just pulled a second five-star recruit out of the western portion of the state.

Ten months after luring heralded Jarnell Stokes out of Memphis, Martin got a commitment Monday morning from Robert Hubbs III, of Dyer County High School in Newbern.

After visiting the Tennessee campus on Saturday, Hubbs decided on Sunday night that he wanted to be a Volunteer.

"We talked about it," Robert Hubbs II, told InsideTennessee by phone. "We talked to some other schools — Kentucky, Duke, Auburn and Vanderbilt — but Tennessee was the only official visit we took. When I asked if he wanted to see some other schools, he said, 'Dad, this is the only school I need to visit.'

"I think he's going to do well at Tennessee. We're looking for great things."

The key to the decision was simple.

"The key is Coach Martin and his coaching staff," Robert II, said. "That's the key. The things they've done all year long have been phenomenal. They did a great job in the recruiting process with my son. They sent my wife a Mothers' Day card, hand-written. They sent the school thank-you notes for letting them come into the school system. He's got Tennessee moving in the right direction."

A silky smooth 6-foot-4 wing, Hubbs is rated a five-star recruit, the No. 3 shooting guard and the No. 19 overall prospect by FoxSportsNEXT, which offers this assessment:

"Scoring around the basket appears to Robert Hubbs' calling card. A 6-foot-4 wing prospect blessed with long arms and a solid frame, Hubbs uses his athleticism and touch around the basket to finish off plays at the rim. Hubbs isn't afraid to mix it up inside. He's always looking to score a rebound and will even take the opposition to the post. Going forward areas for improvement are his ball handling and jump shot."

Martin made clear from Day One that Hubbs topped the Vols' most wanted list.

"Coach Martin said he put all his eggs in one basket," Robert II, said. "That meant a lot."

The fact Martin is a Godly man who focuses on developing his players into quality individuals, as well as quality athletes, also meant a lot in his recruitment of Robert Hubbs III.

"You know what? When you've got God on your side you can't go wrong," Robert II, said. "When we got to Knoxville we felt like it was a family there. We really, really enjoyed ourselves. It was so impressive I didn't want to come home."

The Hubbs family was especially moved by something that happened while they attended Tennessee's Saturday afternoon practice.

"When my son walked in the gym, fans chanted 'Hubbs, we want you,'" Robert II, recalled. "That let him know he's really, really wanted at Tennessee.

"And the players seemed so nice. They talked about how Coach Martin has changed the program around, gotten the players to buy in. He's more than a coach. He's a father figure to those kids. I'm a coach, as well, and I try to be a father figure to my players. I want each of them to be a great person. That's the way he is."

Now that he has settled on a college, Robert Hubbs III, can focus on enjoying his senior season of high school ball. His dad can relax a bit, too.

"All I can say now," Robert II, said, "is Go Vols!"

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