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.