MURFREESBORO — Following a 40-35 win Wednesday in the Class AAA state quarterfinals, Dyer County High School boys’ basketball coach Derek McCord asked the media to relay a message.
He asked that all University of Tennessee fans come to Middle Tennessee State’s Murphy Center on Friday to support Dyer County’s 6-foot-5 shooting guard Robert Hubbs, a Tennessee signee.
McCord spoke of how Hubbs, a Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist who averages 25 points per game, could have gone to other big-time programs but chose to play for the Vols.
Whether Tennessee fans show up or not, Hubbs said Wednesday that he hears from Vols fans on a daily basis.
“They’re tweeting me or Facebooking me, just about every day,” said Hubbs.
Hubbs, a 5-star player by 247sports, chose Tennessee over offers from schools such as Duke, Florida, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
“I just want to go in there and just make a statement,” he said. “The atmosphere just felt like home to me. There’s no better place in the country than Tennessee.”
Hubbs will keep one eye on Tennessee in the SEC tournament this week in Nashville, he added.
And when referring Tennessee’s chances at securing an NCAA tournament bid, he spoke as if he was already part of the team.
“We got a real good chance,” he said. “We beat Missouri, Florida and Kentucky. We got some big wins.
“We should get in and do some damage in the NCAA tournament.”