The Tennessee Volunteers’ basketball program has experienced a rapid change in the past few months after a success run to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2014 NCAA Tournament followed by the departure of head coach Cuonzo Martin. With top recruits decommitting and promising young players like Darius Thompson transferring, the story surrounding the Vols has really been the successful recruiting of new head coach Donnie Tyndall.
Tyndall has brought in a promising recruiting class out of almost nothing. With junior college transfers and a four-star recruit committing to the school, the team is going to rebuild a lot faster than previously thought.
However, Tennessee’s success in the 2014-15 season has a lot less to do with the success of Tyndall’s incoming players, and more to do with the success of players who are already on the team. One of these players is one of Martin’s top recruits from 2013, Robert Hubbs III.
Hubbs, who missed the majority of last season with an injury, brings something to the team that the previous team struggled with: Hubbs is an outstanding shooter. He lit it up from range in high school and was expected to do so in college before his injury. With a season sitting the bench to learn the college game, expect Hubbs to come into the 2014-15 college basketball season better than ever.
It’s already assumed by many that Tyndall’s JUCO transfers and senior Josh Richardson will be the key to Tennessee’s success. However, the Volunteers’ success under their first-year head coach could easily come down to the play and, more importantly, the scoring ability of the Tennessee-born guard.