The Houston Hoops traditionally have one of the top teams in the country and the spring period was another strong year for the group of Texans. One of the reasons why with the simplistic and effective play of big man Augustine Rubit.
The big man from Smiley High School in Houston found his role on the team as the primary rebounder and inside presence. Rubit was second in rebounding at the Arizona Cactus Classic, a loaded 32-team event in which the Hoops won. Rubit said he was happy with his spring output.
"I think I did alright. I think our team did really well," Rubit said. "I'm happy about [winning the Arizona Cactus Classic] because I felt like every tournament that we were in, we should have won. We finally got one."
"I'm rebounding more and getting easier looks to the basket because we have really good guards. I'm working on my midrange jumper. [With rebounding] it's all about positioning. Most people watch the ball when it goes up in the air on the shot. With me, I'm already boxing out and trying to figure out where I can get the ball."
His team's production and his individual play has sparked his recruitment, he said.
"I'm getting recruited by a lot of different teams now," Rubit said.
Rubit said he picked up offers from Bradley, Santa Clara, North Texas and more interest from Arizona State. Baylor and Texas A&M remain in the hunt, too, he said. Tulane, South Alabama and Stephen F. Austin have also offered.
"I'm planning on waiting until the end of the summer before I make any kind of decision," Rubit said. "It's really been Stephen F. Austin the most. I have a connection with [assistant coach Ulric Maligi]. I want to go somewhere that I can win and somewhere that I can play a lot as a freshman in college. Stephen F. Austin, I have the best connection with their coach."