LAS VEGAS – Before his junior year, Robert Hubbs wasn't even on the map. He was just another player looking to get his name out there and hopefully earn a high-major scholarship.
After a monster spring and summer, Hubbs is making a case for five-star status and a potential McDonald's All-American nod.
|Robert Hubbs had arguably the biggest rise of anyone over the past four months. (USA Basketball)|
“A couple of years ago, I was a nobody,” Hubbs said. “I started putting more effort in the gym, just playing basketball.”
Hubbs, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Dyer County (Tenn.), is currently ranked No. 36 in the class of 2013 – but that will likely go up after impressing in July. He has supreme confidence and range on his jumper, and he's flat-out one of the better scorers in the class.
Because he hasn't gone up against many of the best kids from California and other Pac-12-area schools, Hubbs felt he had to send a message.
“I definitely want to do that and get some of the West coast schools to look at me,” he said.
Hubbs has seen his recruitment increase in a major way over the past few months, with offers from Duke, Oklahoma State and Gonzaga, along with everyone in the SEC besides Kentucky and South Carolina. He has also taken unofficial visits to Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Memphis.
Hubbs said Tennessee is coming at him the hardest.
One interesting school on his list is Auburn, which is in the process of hiring assistant coach Ryan Miller from Missouri. The twist is that Miller is the cousin of Ernie Kupyer, Hubbs' AAU coach with M33M.
“Auburn's a good school, but I don't have a list,” Hubbs said.
He's not ready to make a decision, but the big-time scorer has some criteria in his search.
“I'm looking for a program that is a championship contender, fast-paced, gets up and down and wins ballgames,” Hubbs said.
Given his rise over the past few months, Hubbs deserves to be picky.