Post players with significant upside are always recruited at a high level. Post players that have significant upside combined with production are recruited by all the top schools in the country. For Cream Ridge (N.J.) New Egypt High School product Desmond Hubert, his triple-double onslaught this season has him opening the eyes of everyone.
His junior season just came to an end, and while the final game was a disappointment for Hubert, he still performed well. Not only did he perform at a high level in the state tournament, but he did so all season long.
"I think I averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, and nine blocks," said Hubert of his junior season. "(Wednesday) I had my twelfth triple-double of the season. I had 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 blocks, but we lost. Overall the season went pretty good for me."
With numbers like those, it is no surprise that things are picking up in a big way for Hubert on the recruiting trail.
"A lot of coaches have been in touch," Hubert explained. "Recently it has been UConn, Seton Hall, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Pittsburgh."
Before the season Hubert made unofficial visits to North Carolina, Duke, and NC State, and then he also made trips to Maryland and Penn State. In the future he hopes to take a trip to a Big East power, and possibly another swing through ACC country.
"I am definitely going to try and get out to UConn to check them out," Hubert shared. "That is really it for now, but I might try to see UVA and Virginia Tech, but if I do that it will be in the summer."
When it comes to the UConn Huskies, Hubert is very impressed with the way that they have been able to send players to the next level.
"Their history of developing players is great," Hubert said of the Huskies. "Just recently Coach (Pat) Sellers offered me a scholarship, so I just want to see what their campus and facilities are like."
At the moment Hubert is no hurry to make any kind of decision. With so many good schools after him, Hubert is just taking in everything.
"It's just great," said Hubert of the recruiting process. "Every kid who grows up playing basketball dreams of playing at schools like that and then making it to the NBA."
Though Hubert isn't sure of when he wants to make a decision, he does know what he will be looking for when he selects a school.
"I am just looking for a school where I am comfortable," said Hubert. "If it happens to be a school that is far away, I just want it to feel like home. If it is far away, I don't want to feel homesick out there, and then the coaches, the facilities, and the academics are also important."
Currently Hubert is seen as the No. seven center in the 2011 class, and No. 54 player overall.