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Monday, September 17, 2012

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DC's Robert Hubbs III verbally committed to Tennessee after an official visit over the weekend.
As the long list of collegiate offers continued to roll in, Dyer County's Robert Hubbs could have gone anywhere in the country to continue his basketball career.

With offers from Duke, Gonzaga, UCLA, Memphis, and nearly every school in the SEC on the table, the 6'5 Hubbs had a serious, life-changing decision to make.

As it turned out, it only took one official visit to the University of Tennessee for the talented high school senior to make up his mind.

Hubbs spent the past weekend in Knoxville, attending a team workout and soaking up all the university had to offer during his 2-day visit.

Once he left and headed back to Newbern with his family, it was game over for all the other high major schools vying for his services next season.

Hubbs spoke with Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin by telephone late Sunday night, informing the head coach that he will indeed continue to wear orange at the next level.

"He (Martin) asked me if I was ready to become a member of the Vol family and I said that I was," said a smiling Hubbs inside the DCHS gym on Monday. "It just felt like the perfect fit for me."

As Hubbs enjoyed his visit at UT, one that included a chance to attend the Tennessee-Florida football game on Saturday, he liked the atmosphere and the way he, as well as his family, were treated by the entire UT coaching staff.

"It was just a great family atmosphere. The coaching staff all brought their wives and children and I just really felt welcome and I pretty much felt like I was at home," he added. "This is going to be a great experience for me and my family and we're really excited about the future and winning games in Knoxville."

While the family atmosphere in Knoxville was a great selling point, Hubbs said what made the decision an easy one to make was the honesty of Martin, now his future head coach.

"It seems like he was everywhere he told me he would be. Most of my AAU games this summer he was there in the front row watching. When he told me something he did it and that proved to me that he was a man of his word. That made me feel very comfortable," said Hubbs.

By verbally committing to Tennessee now, Hubbs can focus on enjoying his senior season at Dyer County. The most heralded player in school history no longer has the pressure of deciding where he will go, something he hopes will lead to the Choctaws ending the season in Murfreesboro at the state tournament.

"Ever since the first day of high school the goal has been to win the state tournament," he said. "All the pressure is off now, so I'm looking forward to me and my teammates trying to win it all for Dyer County my last year."

Chances are, there will be a new, long list of Choctaw followers this season and they'll all be wearing orange for years to come.



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