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DC's Hubbs named finalist for coveted Mr.Basketball award

Friday, February 15, 2013

When you are as humble and unselfish as Dyer County senior Robert Hubbs III, individual awards really don't mean near as much as accomplishing team goals.

While Hubbs would much rather spend his time talking about his current Choctaw team and their chances of making it to the state tournament in his final season, on Wednesday the TSSAA released the finalists for the coveted Mr. Basketball award and the University of Tennessee commitment was one of three chosen in Class AAA.

Hubbs, while thankful to be selected as a finalist, said he's never really concentrated on individual awards the entire time he's been in high school, but simply wanted to play the game he's loved since he was old enough to hold a basketball.

"I just want to go out and play, and I want to go out with my team and win games,' he said. "I heard the talk about me maybe having a chance for it when the season started this year but I really didn't pay a lot of attention to it," said Hubbs.

Though Hubbs may not have been paying much attention to it, there were plenty of people across the state that were paying attention to him, and rightfully so.

During his four-year career at DCHS, the Choctaws are 111-11 and Hubbs has amassed well over 2,000 points during the course of those seasons, while grabbing over 650 rebounds while dishing out close to 200 assists and coming up with 160 steals. A career 58 % shooter from the field as well as a 73 % shooter at the free throw line, when everything is added up it only seems right that Hubbs has a great chance of having his name called to receive the award on March 16 at the Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU.

Dyer County head coach Derek McCord believes that Hubbs simply fits the mold of what a Mr. Basketball finalist is, and also believes that his talented player should receive the award.

"I can't imagine a better selection for Mr. Basketball than Robert Hubbs," said McCord. "He has every reason in the world to be cocky, but he's not and that's one of the things I love most about Robert. He's a great teammate and being named a finalist for this award just shows that he is the total package. He's so balanced and can play anywhere we need him. I think that sits him apart from just about anybody in the state and I'm extremely proud for him because he deserves it"

Also on the finalist list in 3A were Memphis East standout Nick King, committed to play at the University of Memphis next fall, and Darious Thompson of Blackman High School, a player already committed to play at Vanderbilt after his high school graduation.

"To me it's a honor to be selected with Nick and Darious because they both are great players," Hubbs said.

The winner of the Mr. Basketball award will be announced at the conclusion of the TSSAA state tournament, and Hubbs will be there, but he hopes that the announcement will come following the final game of his high school career and right after the Choctaws play for a state title.

"My teammates and I are just taking things day by day. We've got to stay focused and play well together and do all we can do in the district and region tournaments to keep our season alive," he added. "If we do those things then I think we'll be there, and that's what will make me the happiest."

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Robert Hubbs is the best basketball player to come out of Dyer County. The school should retire his jersey (3).

-- Posted by Candyman on Tue, Feb 19, 2013, at 5:34 PM

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