Prospects of interest for Tennessee

Tennessee had a couple prospects of interest playing in the Tennessee state tournament today. Neither had great games, but Robert Hubbs got the “W.”

Hubbs impressed physically although numbers were down.

A 6-5 shooting guard and Tennessee signee, Hubbs plays center for his Newbern Dyer Co. High School team. He held TSU signee and Nashville Hillsboro High School center Jamonte Davis in check and was strong on the boards, grabbing seven rebounds.

Hubbs struggled, however, shooting from the field. He only made five of 19 shots from the field and was 0-for-2 from 3-point range. He also was credited for one block and one steal - but had three turnovers and no assists.

Regardless of the individual numbers, Dyer Co. came away with a 40-35 win, and Hubbs is still a tremendous prospect as a wing player.

Look for Hubbs to immediately contribute at Tennessee at both the shooting guard and wing forward spots. Making him even more valuable is that he could play the four spot if Tennessee wants to go small.

Hubbs has an NBA body and athleticism. Quick off the floor, he had a number of controlled tips that weren’t credited as rebounds and altered a number of shots by Hillsboro.

Darius Thompson, a Tennessee recruiting target, wasn’t as fortunate as Hubbs. Thompson’s undefeated Murfreesboro Blackman High School team suffered a devastating loss to Brentwood High school.

Blackman went into the locker room at half up 29-11. Then they played lackadaisical defense and couldn’t solve Brentwood’s zone press. Brentwood got back into the game, and Stetson signee Asa Duvall hit the game winning 3-pointer from the corner with six seconds left, giving Brentwood a stunning 52-49 win.

Thompson, a 6-4, 175-pound combo guard, scored 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting (1-for-4 on 3-pointers), 5-for-8 from the line and had six rebounds, five assists and five turnovers.

Better suited for the shooting guard position at the high major level, Thompson is highly skilled and crafty as an offensive player. He is good going either direction, can make tough shots and has a knack for finding the open man on the move.

His lack of strength and lack of explosiveness, however, will make it tough for him to defend and control a game as a point guard early in his career at the high major level.

Assistant coaches from Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Virginia were on hand to watch him play. All four schools have offered scholarships to the former Vanderbilt commitment.

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