As day turned to night Monday, Tennessee basketball fans were plenty content with the day’s big score — a verbal commitment from coveted five-star Dyer County High School shooting guard Robert Hubbs III.
The choice was down to Tennessee or Clemson.
Two hours later, he tweeted this: “I’ll be attending the university of TENNESSEE! #GoVols”
Just like that, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound combo forward became the third member of UT’s 2013 recruiting class, joining Hubbs and Huntington (W.V.) Prep point guard Travon Landry.
Davis said he learned of Hubbs’ commitment late in the day Monday, but that it didn’t weigh on his choice.
“I think I would have done it today either way,” he said in a phone interview. “It was great to hear, though. That was just another positive and made me feel even better that this was the right decision.”
Davis took an official visit to Knoxville two weeks ago for Tennessee football’s home opener against Georgia State.
A week later he made an official visit to Clemson and soon after narrowed his list of potential destinations, eliminating Auburn and Georgia, among others. He credited his relationship with UT head coach Cuonzo Martin and assistant Tracy Webster for pulling him toward Tennessee.
“It was great, even from the Georgia State game, you could see love from fans and how great a town it is,” Davis said. “I got to talk to the coaches and hang out with the team and see that family atmosphere.”
Davis is graded 86 by 247Sports and received three stars from Rivals.com. He averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior at Buford, playing only half the season after transferring from Greater Atlanta Christian.
Davis describes himself as “long and versatile” as a result of a growth spurt from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-7 from his freshman to sophomore years.
“I can do a lot of different things that will benefit the team,” he added. “I’ll do anything I need to do to help the team win. If its rebounding and playing defense, I’ll do that. If it’s scoring and shooting the ball, I’ll do that.
With the addition of Hubbs, Davis and Landry, Martin is left with one available scholarship for 2013. The list of targets has multiple candidates, but is headlined by Southwind High School’s Johnathan Williams III and Briarcrest Christian School forward Austin Nichols.
Antonio Davis, A.J.’s father, averaged 7.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 13 NBA seasons with stints in Indiana, Toronto, Chicago and New York.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn