UT confirms Vols freshman guard Robert Hubbs will have season-ending left shoulder surgery

Basketball player Robert Hubbs III poses for a portrait at University of Tennessee's Pratt Pavillion in Knoxville on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Basketball player Robert Hubbs III poses for a portrait at University of Tennessee's Pratt Pavillion in Knoxville on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee confirmed the expected on Friday when it announced men’s basketball guard Robert Hubbs will have season-ending surgery on his problematic left shoulder. No timetable has been set for Hubbs’ return. The operation will take place within the next week.

Hubbs played in 12 games this season. The former five-star recruit averaged five points, 1.5 rebounds and 18.3 minutes per game. He first injured the shoulder during his senior season at Dyer County High School in Newbern. UT coach Cuonzo Martin said the on-and-off again pain from the injury significantly limited Hubbs’ UT debut.

The most recent setback came during a Jan. 1 practice when Hubbs bumped the shoulder again. He sat out back-to-back games after that. On Wednesday, Martin told the News Sentinel he was in discussions with his staff, Hubbs and Hubbs’ family about potentially shutting him down for the season. On Thursday morning, Hubbs’ father, Robert Hubbs Jr., told the News Sentinel in a phone interview that he was in favor of Hubbs having season-ending surgery. Martin said that decision was 50-50 on Thursday afternoon, but Friday’s release made it official.

Hubbs played in three games too many to be considered for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. UT could still request a waiver for an extra year of eligibility, though. It could also appeal a rejected claim.

Martin pointed toward sophomore guard Armani Moore and senior guard D’Montre Edwards as players who will have to step up now that Hubbs is sidelined for the rest of the season.

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OrangePride writes:

Wish him the best as he is a real talent who we will dearly need. But this situation is exactly my concern over the lack of big time running backs in this class beyond Jalen Hurd. I think Hurd can be a huge difference maker. But running back is a really taxing position on the body. You cannot expect one guy to carry the entire load of our running game.

johnlg00 writes:

This is the right thing to do. The Vols knew about his shoulder as soon as he hurt it. They were well-informed of all medical opinions. It was worth a try for all concerned to see what Hubbs could contribute this year, so no shame to anybody that he couldn't get well enough. As I have said before, if he becomes the kind of player many think he can be, the Vols will be lucky to have him more than two years after this one, whether we call this one, or wish it could be, a "redshirt" or not.

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