Signing class of three now official for Vols

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."

There's more.

"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

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LSG410EC83 writes:

Way to go Coach. Look forward to seeing great things come out of this years team and greater on down the road. These guys will be coached by some class, unlike many others (they know who they are) cue trolls in blue.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Keep um comin' coach..GBO!

rdrgtr writes:

Wow. We have needed some good news. Thanks coach for closing the deal with these guys.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'm happy it's official.

These young men sound great. We'll probably need them to come in right off and contribute like Stokes has. It will be really nice if Stokes is still here. I like Makanjuola. But He's no Stokes. Not yet. C'mon Martin get us another one.

GerryOP writes:

Good job Coach 'Zo, good job! Looks like coach ignores the glitter and goes for the gold. 1*, 3*, or 5*, if 'Zo wants 'em 'Zo gets 'em. I know that the odds are slime to none, but if he could get Stokes to hang around another year ... Zowie!

born2ride writes:

Hubbs is a great player. Not sure about the other two.

totoiv writes:

May not have an extra scholarship if Maymon seeks medical redshirt as some rumors says his knee is nowhere near ready and he may need more surgery.

LIBDESTROYER writes:

Good news, coach.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Decent class..Martin has proven to be a good judge of talent when it comes to lesser known recruits.Didn't take him long to get production from Chevious and Moore..Richardson has taken huge strides also.He's got the ability to sub for all 3 guards and play PG if needed..This class still needs a big post man and I don't see one on the radar. Yemi is supposed to be filling this role but he isn't play with the same physical confidence he did last year

mytrifecta writes:

in response to rdrgtr:

Wow. We have needed some good news. Thanks coach for closing the deal with these guys.

My thoughts exactly. I visit this site every day and read nothing but doom and gloom. Great to see some good news and positivity...maybe some of this will rub off on the football program.

whatthe84 writes:

Don't get too excited yall. We have seen these nuggets come to UT with all the hoop and holla and end up like a dud black cat firecracker. Heck they might not even get in school and might not make it through the summer without getting arrested. Let's slow our roll as they say and wait and see before we cut down the nets. You guys are so easily excited over some guy from Dyersburg for petes sake. Get a grip guys we are playing against Kentucky remember.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

All's doom and gloom then.

Showtime09 writes:

@whatthe84 i agree with you on you never know about these recruits, thats with anyone new coming in, but hubbs. Im from his hometown and have seen this kid play on many occasions against quality competition from around Memphis, a basketball mecca of sorts. He's as good if not better than advertised, thats a promise. The only thing he needs to improve is his strength. he puts on 20-25 lbs, we've gotta stud on our hands. Just bc he' from Dyer county means nothing. larry bird came from where??

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