BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — As Tennessee seniors Skylar McBee, Kenny Hall and the injured Jeronne Maymon soaked in the Vols' opening game at the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday, the three players replacing them next season faxed their national letters of intent to UT.
Coach Cuonzo Martin's three verbal commitments — Dyer County High School guard Robert Hubbs III, Buford (Ga.) High combo forward A.J. Davis and Huntington (W.Va.) Prep point guard Travon Landry — have all made things official in the NCAA's early signing period, the school confirmed Thursday.
Hubbs is the gem of the class. His talents make him neither a point guard nor a shooting guard. Martin made up a position to describe the 15th-ranked player in the Class of 2013 by 247Sports.
"He's a 6-foot-6 scoring guard," Martin said. "He does a really good job of shooting threes, getting to the rim and finishes really well around the basket."
"He's a really good rebounder for a guard," Martin continued. "I think the thing that helps him is he plays all over the floor for his high school team so he's able to a lot of things. I think he'll be equipped at this level to do a lot of different things on the floor."
Davis is a versatile 6-8 combo forward graded No. 86 by 247Sports. He has some basketball pedigree. His father, Antonio Davis, averaged 7.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 13 NBA seasons with stints in Indiana, Toronto, Chicago and New York.
"I really believe he can play four different positions, one through four, on offense and defense," Martin said of A.J. Davis. "He handles that ball and gets it to the rim. He has the ability to lead teams and make good decisions."
Martin began recruiting Landry when he was still at Bob Jones (Ala.) High last year. The defense-first coach was thoroughly impressed by the defense-first point guard.
"He's a tough, hard-nosed point guard," Martin said. "His defense and his leadership - those were the two things that jumped out at me. He'll be a great attribute to our program."
Tennessee has one remaining scholarship available for 2013-14, belonging to injured senior Dwight Miller. The program is likely to sit on that scholarship for now and pursue an uncommitted high school senior or a junior college transfer in the spring.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn