The image associated with Gonzaga’s Prentiss Hubb is one of the junior guard flying toward the rim, ball in his right hand after having put it through his legs in midair, about to cock it back for a dunk.
It’s his Twitter avatar. It’s the first image you see when you Google his name. And with the hype around his recruitment, it’s becoming a symbol of District high school basketball.
He is the No. 31 basketball prospect in the class of 2018 in the country according to 247Sports and No. 53 in ESPN’s rankings. He has scholarship offers from some of college basketball’s top teams: Villanova, Virginia, Maryland, Marquette, Xavier and others. Kentucky has shown interest, as have Georgetown and Notre Dame.
The surge of interest started with those camps, Hubb said. He thought he could keep up with everyone else on the floor, and scouts took notice. He went on a tear for D.C. Premier, his AAU team, when he got back home.
“I made a name for myself,” he said. “I felt like I could play with the top players in the country and it kick-started my whole year.”
Then high school season started, and he paired up with All-Met Chris Lykes, one of the nation’s top point guards and another Chris Paul invitee, to form one of the most highly touted back courts in the country.
Lykes, a Miami commit, is the Eagles’ go-to ballhandler and top-flight scorer. He stands only 5-foot-6, but is quick enough to flash through the lane and gets a high-arcing three-point shot off with alarming proficiency.
Hubb is the more prototypical recruit. He’s 6-2 with long, lean arms. He’s an able spot-up shooter and a muscular ballhandler comfortable finishing at the rim with contact. He spent the offseason in the weight room building strength and practicing shooting off the dribble, he said.
Hubb plans to cut the list of colleges he’s considering to five or six contenders around the new year, and he’s focusing on schools that have a history of producing NBA-ready guards and a broad and engaging academic program.
“I want them to think about how I am as a person and a player, not just one or the other,” he said. “You have to have both of those aspects in your life because they translate.”