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Vols Land Five-Star Hoops Prospect

The Tennessee basketball team has received a commitment from guard Robert Hubbs from Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn.

Hubbs chose Tennessee over Auburn, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Duke, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. It was the effort of coach Cuonzo Martin that appeared to separate Tennessee from the rest.

“I commend Martin for the job he did recruiting my son,” Robert Hubbs Sr. told the News Sentinel. “Out of all the coaches, he’s done by far the best job.”

Hubbs, Tennessee’s second commitment for the class of 2013, gave his commitment to the Vols after visiting Knoxville last weekend.

It’s a big coup for Martin, who has landed two five-star prospects – sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes being the other – in the last nine months. Hubbs is ranked the nation’s No. 12 overall prospect in the 2013 class by Rivals.

Tennessee hopes to continue its recruiting success in West Tennessee. Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind forward John Williams III took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend and left Knoxville impressed with Martin and his staff.

“They work their players hard to get them ready for the next level,” Williams III told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “It’s just a great atmosphere and fanbase. I like the coaches because they act like a family. Everyone’s part of a big family.”

Williams, who has also visited Missouri and Georgetown, will visit Michigan State on Sept. 28 and Texas on Oct. 12.

“This determines my future, so it’s a hard decision,” Williams III said. “I’m just gonna keep praying about it. It’s no telling when God will answer, but I know for sure he will. It might be November or it might be late spring. We’ll just see.”

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Mooney Makes UT’s Coaching List

Tennessee has the money to outbid Georgia Tech, Missouri, NC State, and Oklahoma for Richmond’s Chris Mooney should it come to that.  Question is — would the Vols’ NCAA baggage scare him away?

Multiple reports out of Knoxville say that Mooney is now very much on UT’s list of potential candidates to replace Bruce Pearl.  According to a source, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Mooney has not been contacted by the school as of yet.  At least not directly. — the Rivals site for Tennessee — reports that a third-party has spoken to both UT officials and Mooney… which is pretty standard when it comes to coaching searches.  (For the full report, you’ll need a subscription.)

Mooney’s Richmond squad will face Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen tonight in San Antonio.

As we’ve said from Day One of the Vols’ search, Mooney appears to have the right resume, the right personality and the right reputation to replace Pearl.  So when Tennessee is finished phoning big name coaches, we suspect Mooney will become UT’s top target.  Can they lure him away from those schools mentioned above?  We shall see.

Whomever the Vols hire, a News Sentinel editorial declares “it is imperative” that that new coach restore honor to the Tennessee program.

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SEC: Arkansas prepping for Freedom Hall trip

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