Mike Strange: Robert Hubbs will make his points in time

Mike Strange
Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs III (3) slams the ball past Southern Indiana defense during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs III (3) slams the ball past Southern Indiana defense during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Wednesday is the start of the annual early signing period for college basketball recruits.

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atnvol#283282 writes:

Here's hoping he lights it up soon.....we need him.

ut_man1#1427524 writes:

If he had signed with some team like Duke, coached by coach K. Hubbs would have scored 20 or more in is college debut!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ut_man1#1427524:

If he had signed with some team like Duke, coached by coach K. Hubbs would have scored 20 or more in is college debut!!

If he had gone to Duke this year, he might have played 10 minutes--or not!

fannotsheep writes:

Agree with Mike that it's way too early to pass judgement. I see signs that say Martin is not one to rush a young player, and if Hubbs was having a case of live bullet jitters, that may prove very wise in the long run.

Martin can't afford having this highly rated recruit being a flop. Stokes has ability but does not consistently show the offensive skills that I assumed he possessed coming out of high school. More worrisome is Stokes isn't showing progress. If anything he has regressed since his freshman splash into deep mid-season waters. Is he not getting the right coaching? Is he not receptive to it?

Tobias Harris was very mature and had a great work ethic. Stokes appears raw but looks to me to have more of an upside -- just isn't tapping his potential. Neither looks like a future NBA superstar.

Hubbs? Too early, but UT and Martin can't afford to have missed on this one. The time is now for UT to win big. Whether Hubbs plays well enough to be a one and done type player may well play into Martin's future in Knoxville.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

Agree with Mike that it's way too early to pass judgement. I see signs that say Martin is not one to rush a young player, and if Hubbs was having a case of live bullet jitters, that may prove very wise in the long run.

Martin can't afford having this highly rated recruit being a flop. Stokes has ability but does not consistently show the offensive skills that I assumed he possessed coming out of high school. More worrisome is Stokes isn't showing progress. If anything he has regressed since his freshman splash into deep mid-season waters. Is he not getting the right coaching? Is he not receptive to it?

Tobias Harris was very mature and had a great work ethic. Stokes appears raw but looks to me to have more of an upside -- just isn't tapping his potential. Neither looks like a future NBA superstar.

Hubbs? Too early, but UT and Martin can't afford to have missed on this one. The time is now for UT to win big. Whether Hubbs plays well enough to be a one and done type player may well play into Martin's future in Knoxville.

You raise some interesting points here. I would say only that freshmen are always a gamble, almost no matter how talented, because you can hardly ever know in advance how well or how soon they adjust to such a big step in competition. It is almost easier for a highly-touted freshman to step in and be productive right away if he is counted on as a starter right away.

Hubbs probably hasn't come off the bench since biddy-league ball. Now here he is on a team with proven players at least two-deep at his position. From what I have heard of him, he isn't a big-headed ego-monster. He may be hesitant to assert himself so early on a team dominated by experienced All-SEC-type players.

I agree with Mike that he will come into his own in time, and maybe a very short time. I agree with you that his career going forward might have a big impact on how Martin's career unfolds.

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