Originally posted on College Chalktalk  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Send to KindleFive-star shooting guard Robert Hubbs was a major coup for coach Cuonzo Martin, who enters his third season.  The Dyersburg (Tenn.) native chose the Volunteers over Duke and Kentucky and at 6-5, 180, he is known for his ability from the outside.  His stock rose immeasurably in the past year as he has been rated as high as 12th in the nation. Tennessee’ Cuonzo Martin has an incoming class of four players who can stake the Vols’ to Top 25 quality. (Credit: UT Athletic Media Relations) “Not only does Robert have the ability to score at a very high level, but he also has the ability to facilitate, rebound and play great defense,” noted Martin, as Hubbs joins Jarnell Stokes as his most two prestigious signees in Knoxville, so far, “He’s also a guy who possesses outstanding leadership qualities and work ethic.” A.J. Davis, the son of former NBAer Antonio Davis, should also figure for Martin as at 6-8, 200, he can play both in the paint and shoot the jumper. He’s destined to cause matchup problems.  The Buford (Ga.) native has a sweet jumper and can be a versatile post as Martin does lose Kenny Hall and Jeronne Maymon inside. “At 6-8, he can play four different positions on the floor and has a really good feel for the game, assessed Martin, “He really competes, and I’m excited about his future.” Darius Thompson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., may see some playing time right away with the transfer of Trae Golden, who had been penciled in with Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes as one of the better “Big Threes” in the nation.  He’s also versatile on the perimeter and can run the transition game well. He led Blackman High School to 56-5 record during the last two seasons as the school won two straight District 7-AAA sectional titles. “Darius has a very high basketball IQ, and he’s good at making individual plays, and also facilitating the offense and getting others involved,” stated Martin. Thompson’s size should give him an advantage on the point as he can shoot it with deep range and could play shooting guard in some of Tennessee’s sets. Martin also inked Indian Hills (IA) CC big man Rawane “Pops” Ndiaye, who will add muscle inside at 6-10, 270.  Ndiaye is the style of player that Martin will mold into an option in the post with his physicality. “He was limited this season with a foot injury,” Martin explained of Ndiaye who has lost 80 pounds in the last two years, “He’s going to continue to develop, get even stronger and really add to our post depth.” Martin couldn’t be more pleased with the work ethic of his veterans this summer as Derrick Reese played on the Puerto Rican national team, Jordan McRae attended the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, and Jarnell Stokes played a key role in the the USA Men’s Junior National Team winning a gold medal in Prague with a 9-0 record. * * * (Top Story photo also courtesy of UT Athletic Media Relations) Related Posts:Look out for TennesseeVols looking for closure at end of gamesTennessee’s Stokes upping production for stretch runChallengers lining up for Kentucky in SECJones’ Top 10 recruiting class has LSU in SEC picture
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