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Robert Hubbs III: Playing to win

Sunday, June 17, 2012

While the 2012 high school basketball season officially ended for Robert Hubbs when Dyer County lost to Arlington 65-63 in the opening round of the Region 7AAA tournament, the work for the heavily recruited shooting guard was actually just beginning.

Since the end of his junior season, Hubbs has been busy working on a few if any weaknesses while helping his AAU squad M33M win a ton of games. The results of his efforts haven't gone unnoticed, evident by the countless offers of scholarships and endless phone calls he receives on a daily basis from those attempting to convince Hubbs that their college is the place to be once he graduates next May.

While the calls are endless and the mailbox regularly yields offer after offer that would cause most high school players to get a bit cocky, Hubbs has managed to remain humble. He loves the game of basketball and spends tireless hours every week working out and playing the game.

If there is a drawback in all the hysteria, it is the fact there isn't much time for him to enjoy simply being a teenager.

Hubbs has a small circle of close friends and spends what little time he has to himself concentrating on video games.

It seems at one point or another nearly every day he is asked which school he will choose to call home after completing high school.

The attention he receives from the community leaves him with a wide grin and appreciation for others, not arrogance. Hubbs has been raised to be the way he is by his parents, Robert II and Lesia. He readily gives autographs to youngsters not far from his own age when he is spotted out, something he said will never change as long as his star continues to shine.

"I like signing autographs and taking pictures with people," added Hubbs. "I went to an NBA game one time and tried to take a picture of a player and they pushed me off. I will always take the time because that's the right thing to do."

After high school, the next step is college. So, where will Hubbs continue his career after graduation and make time for those photo and autograph sessions? The answer to the question is one many, many coaches and fans alike would like to know. When asked about his future, Hubbs' sheepish grin appears and he shakes his head.

"Right now I'm just listening to all the offers. I've made some unofficial visits to some schools, but I just want to continue to work and get better and I'll make that decision hopefully before we start our season next year," he added. "I just take things day by day and let God handle all of it for me right now."

Yes, Hubbs said later. The soft-spoken upcoming senior at Dyer County High School isn't in a rush to do much of anything other than continuing to get stronger at the game he has loved since picking up a ball as a child and playing with his father.

When the time comes, he will have a difficult decision to make when considering his choices. While most high school players would be thrilled with a D-1 scholarship, Hubbs currently has 18 legitimate high-major scholarship offers on the table awaiting his decision.

The list is like a who's who of college basketball. Headlined by Duke University, some others included in the hunt for his services are Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Gonzaga, Florida, Mississippi State, Auburn, Arkansas and Memphis to name a few. All will have to wait, however, until Hubbs makes his decision on which school will be best for him.

An impressive list to say the least, and those are just some of the offers Hubbs is currently considering. The 6'6 shooting guard acknowledged that as of right now he had a list of his top three schools in the running, but didn't want to release it because as he said, "it could change at any time."

While the offers continue to roll in faster than the family can get to the mailbox or answer the phone, Hubbs left on Friday for Colorado Springs, Colo. on a trip that will have him wearing the colors of the USA should he be selected as one of the 12 members of the USA U17 World Championship Team. A late addition to the developmental squad thanks to his hard work and some possible influence from Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Hubbs was excited about the opportunity.

"I got a call to come and try out for the team and that felt good. To be able to wear the USA jersey and represent our country would be a great honor and I'm excited about the chance to try out," said Hubbs.

Whether or not Hubbs is selected for the squad, in another month or so he will begin his senior season. The gym at DCHS will surely see many new faces as Hubbs and crew begin the final campaign of his high school career in November.

Currently the second-leading scorer in school history with 1602 points, Hubbs is also high on the school record list in rebounds with 444. With 133 career steals as well as 140 assists, chances are Hubbs will leave DC holding school records in multiple categories.

While the individual stats are nice to look at, Hubbs would really like to have a shot at a state title in 2013, something he believes is a realistic possibility.

"That's always been the goal ever since I've been there. We want to go to state and we'll work hard to get there," said Hubbs.

Robert Hubbs has a special talent. He plays basketball with a passion to become the best and deserves the attention given. He's a class act that, chances are, we'll all be watching for years to come whether it's in high school, college or the NBA.

This is a shining star that will continue to shine as we all watch from the edge of our seats.

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