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Tennessee, Cuonzo Martin Nab Top-20 Prospect Robert Hubbs

Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

It’s a new era in Knoxville and Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin has begun to make some serious moves in order to build up the Vols program.

After Jarnell Stokes joined the squad midway through the 2011-12 season, Tennessee began feeling strides of improvement, nearly qualifying for the NCAA Tournament last season after their late run in conference play.

On Monday morning, the Vols program added to their future with 2013 guard Robert Hubbs.

The verbal pledge is the biggest pickup for Martin at Tennessee as Hubbs is widely regarded as one of the top prospects within the class of 2013. Hubbs recently visited the UT campus along with fellow 2013 recruit Jonathan Williams III.

ESPN labels Hubbs at No. 35 among his senior classmates, but Rivals pins him at No. 12.

The decision undoubtedly brightens the Vols’ future as Hubbs has the ability to instantly impact the Tennessee back court. Martin’s class in return gains even more steam, especially if Hubbs can get some of Tennessee’s other top targets to follow suit.

In addition to the Vols, Hubbs held a number of offers from various SEC schools, while Duke, Memphis, Florida and Missouri were also in pursuit.

Hubbs becomes the second commitment for Martin from the class of 2013, joining 6-foot point guard Travon Landry, who committed to Tennessee back in December of last year.

After an overhaul that brought Martin in to replace former head coach Bruce Pearl, the Tennessee program appears to be clicking in the right direction. Hubbs is just the latest good news to emerge for a program that will once again seek improvement in 2012-13.

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