Robert Hubbs, Johnathan Williams III highlight big recruiting weekend for UT basketball

Williams, Hubbs making official visits

Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, right, and his staff pose with UT fans in San Marino during the team's trip to Europe in August. 
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Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, right, and his staff pose with UT fans in San Marino during the team's trip to Europe in August. Tom Satkowiak/University of Tennessee

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 Williams III

Jonathan Williams III

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Robert Hubbs

The stars have aligned for Tennessee basketball this weekend.

ESPN's College GameDay will bring the nation's attention to Knoxville and turn campus into an orange asylum.

The football matchup between No. 23 Tennessee and No. 18 Florida will deliver the thunder of 100,000-plus fans.

Dovetail the above and add in that today marks the beginning of weekly permissible two-hour, on-court skill instruction sessions allowed by the NCAA, and UT men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has an idyllic recruiting weekend.

Most importantly for Martin, the incoming recruits warrant the experience.

Two highly sought after official visitors from West Tennessee, Dyer County High School's Robert Hubbs and Southwind's Johnathan Williams III, are both expected, along with six unofficial visitors.

Hubbs, the top prospect in the state and a potential McDonald's All-American selection next season, is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard ranked as No. 12 recruit by 247Sports. Martin made an in-home visit with Hubbs on Tuesday.

Williams, a 6-6 forward, is a consensus top-50 player and holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and Georgetown, among others.

Martin has been jockeying for the services of Hubbs and Williams since taking the job at UT. Those efforts should come to a head this weekend. The two will be alongside the weekend's unofficial visitors to watch a one-hour team workout at Thompson-Boling Arena following the College GameDay festivities.

As for those six unofficial visitors.

Christ Presbyterian Academy small forward Jalen Lindsey, the No. 2 ranked Class of 2014 prospect in the state according to 247, is expected to be on-hand alongside CPA teammate Braxton Bonds. Martin visited CPA on Tuesday, stopping in Nashville to sit in on a workout before making the trek to Dyer to see Hubbs. Braxton Blackwell, another CPA recruit holding a UT scholarship offer, was also on-hand for that workout.

Daniel Giddens, one of UT's top 2015 targets, is also expected to be in Knoxville with a teammate today. The 6-foot-10 center from Wheeler (Ga.) High School has reportedly drawn interest from Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Giddens will be joined by Wheeler small forward Jaylen Brown, who also traveled alongside Giddens on a trip to Knoxville for June's Tennessee Elite Camp.

Two additional recruits expected today are 2014 small forward Justin Johnson from Sheldon Clark (Ky.) High School and 2016 combo guard Josh Langford from Madison (Ala.) Academy.

Johnson, who took an unofficial visit to UT in April, plays summer AAU ball for the Tennessee Travelers. Langford holds an offer from UT along with, according to 247, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and UAB.

In other recruiting news, Martin and associate head coach Tracey Webster were in the Atlanta area Wednesday visiting 2013 forward A.J. Davis, who visited UT last weekend for the Vols' game against Georgia State.

Martin and Webster also eyed 2014 6-foot-8 forward Philip Cofer, a top-150 recruit from Whitewater (Ga.) High School, and Elijah Staley, another 2014 top-150 forward, who joins Brown and Giddens at Wheeler. Both have made previous visits to UT.

Some thought the presence of Hubbs and Williams at UT this weekend would also rope in an official visit from Austin Nichols. Instead the 6-foot-9 power forward from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis will reportedly visit Vanderbilt this weekend. However, Nichols, ranked No. 25 overall 2013 player by 247, is expected to make an official visit to UT for the Vols' October 20 meeting with Alabama.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn

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tovolny writes:

GOOD!!!! (:>)

Cartersvillevol writes:

"2016 combo guard Josh Langford from Madison (Ala.)Academy . . . Langford holds an offer from UT"

So, he's a freshman with an offer already?

voloffaith writes:

in response to Cartersvillevol:

"2016 combo guard Josh Langford from Madison (Ala.)Academy . . . Langford holds an offer from UT"

So, he's a freshman with an offer already?

Two things here: 1. He must be really good unless that was a misprint 2. At least he isn't a 6th grader like some recruits were at kitten nba factory a few years back with Gillespie.....

mocsandvolsfan writes:

All sounds great. Get 'em in here. BUT we do hope and pray for Nichols too. UT's a great place to be for basketball. well and football. I suppose a few other sports as well. But don't you just love bball?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Two things here: 1. He must be really good unless that was a misprint 2. At least he isn't a 6th grader like some recruits were at kitten nba factory a few years back with Gillespie.....

To me, this means that CCM is getting in with some great talents early in the process. Unless you are UK or UNC or the like, you can't just swoop in on guys you haven't established a relationship with and expect them just to jump at your late offer. Good recruiting requires foresight and communication, and the earlier the communication begins the more likely it will pay off at the end. Hardly anybody strikes gold with every signee, but if you don't make the calls, you can't make the sale. Reel 'em in, CCM!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

To me, this means that CCM is getting in with some great talents early in the process. Unless you are UK or UNC or the like, you can't just swoop in on guys you haven't established a relationship with and expect them just to jump at your late offer. Good recruiting requires foresight and communication, and the earlier the communication begins the more likely it will pay off at the end. Hardly anybody strikes gold with every signee, but if you don't make the calls, you can't make the sale. Reel 'em in, CCM!

DONE!! Well one to go I guess.

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