Montrose Christian guard Tyler Hubbard had other scholarship offers. But when Loyola made its offer earlier this week after the Mustangs won the National High School Invitational, it did not take Hubbard long to decide where he wanted to play college basketball.
One of the area’s top perimeter shooters, Hubbard took an official visit to Loyola’s Baltimore campus on Saturday and committed to play for the Greyhounds -- even though he has yet to meet Coach Jimmy Patsos.
Hubbard said that assistant coaches G.G. Smith and Greg Manning hosted his visit because Patsos had missed a flight back to Baltimore.
“I talked to [Patsos] over the phone,” Hubbard said. “He was real excited about me committing to them.”
Hubbard, a 6-foot-1 senior, averaged 12.7 points this season for Montrose Christian and made at least one three-pointer in every game but one. He had five three-pointers in six games. He was also considering scholarship offers from Northeastern, St. Peter’s and St. Francis (Pa.), but had an idea that Loyola would eventually offer.
“When I went up for a visit up there last summer, they said I was number two on their list behind Brandon Ford” of Gwynn Park, Hubbard said. “After Brandon decommitted, I knew they were probably going to turn to me.
“Right now, they want me to come in and be a shooter. They’re not going to make me a [point guard] but they’re going to work on my dribbling and getting [shots] off the dribble.”