Prentiss Hubb, a rising senior at Gonzaga and top-40 college basketball prospect, will play for Notre Dame, he told The Post on Wednesday.
“A lot of great guards come out of the ACC,” Hubb said. “I feel like I could go be one of them.”
— Prentiss Hubb (@PHubb_3) May 18, 2017
Hubb averaged 13.9 points per game for the Eagles on their way to a 32-5 record and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. A natural point guard, Hubb played as an off-ball guard alongside Miami-bound Chris Lykes for the Eagles. He routinely guarded opponents’ best players and was an efficient three-point shooter.
“He has an ability to win games for you and help you win games in different ways,” Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said. “He can help you win games and not score a point. He can defend the other team’s best player. He gets steals. He gets rebounds and, most importantly for a point guard, he gets assists. He can do a lot of things to help you win a game.”
On the AAU circuit, the 6-foot-3 Hubb played point guard for D.C. Premier. He took an official visit to Notre Dame after playing in an Under Armour event in Indianapolis in April. Before the visit, Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey and two assistants were on hand to see him play.
Brey, a DeMatha graduate and longtime assistant, also attended several Gonzaga games to evaluate and recruit the guard.
“The connection I have with Coach Brey, I felt like I could get on campus and he could be a guy I could trust and believe in,” Hubb said.
Hubb in March narrowed his college choice to six schools: Maryland, Villanova, Notre Dame, Virginia, Syracuse and Kansas. He later lopped Kansas and Syracuse off the list.
“I don’t think he had a bad choice,” Turner said.
Villanova and Maryland heavily recruited Hubb, and recruiting analysts long saw them as the front-runners to secure his commitment.
Terrapins Coach Mark Turgeon, whose son was on the Eagles’ roster but rarely played, came to a number of Gonzaga games and had a personal relationship with Hubb. The two often spoke after wins before Hubb went to the locker room.
When Gonzaga won the WCAC championship, Turgeon was on the floor wearing a Gonzaga sweater greeting and congratulating players.
A Villanova booster with close ties to Wildcats Coach Jay Wright attended almost every Gonzaga home game and sat at midcourt wearing the same Navy blue sweatshirt with “VILLANOVA” stitched in bright white across the chest.
Wright, the booster said, saw Hubb as a future star in college who could mature into a more gifted scorer than the prototypical point guard. “Josh Hart 2.0,” the booster said was Wright’s description of Hubb.
Hubb visited the Philadelphia campus twice, once in January and once in February. He chose Notre Dame for his comfort on campus with the coaching staff and the chance to play as an underclassman. Starting point guard Matt Farrell will have graduated by the time Hubb joins the Fighting Irish. Temple Gibbs, who played 15 minutes a game off the bench, will be the team’s most tenured ball handler.