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Notre Dame Basketball

Hubb Shines Under The Bright Lights

January 13, 2019

Prentiss Hubb entered Saturday’s game in a much talked about shooting slump. The freshman point guard was just 11-for-68  from the field in the last nine games and head coach Mike Brey was set to bring him off the bench after starting 12 of 15 games this season.

The plan quickly changed when starting guard TJ Gibbs became ill during warmups leaving Notre Dame with a rotation of just six players and Hubb found himself back in the starting lineup. 

The 6-foot-3 Maryland native quickly made his presence felt as he hit a trey on the game’s first possession on his way to scoring a career-high 16 points in Notre Dame’s 69-66 win over Boston College.

“It came down to me having my teammates back,” stated Hubb. “They counted on me to start because TJ got sick. My teammates count on me every day in practice and in games. They expect me to make big-time plays like that.” 

Hubb not only scored but he hit two free throws to give the Irish a one-point lead with just over two seconds to play in the game.

“I had to make the shots,” explained Hubb. “I had to win the game for my team. There were two seconds left and they count on me, so I couldn’t let them down.”

Brey never doubted his young point guard as Hubb’s numbers in practice reflected a slump instead of a player unable to shoot the basketball. 

“Through 55 practices, he’s shot 38% from the three-point line,” Brey explained. “Guys who can’t shoot,  it will play out over 55 practices. I also know what he did for us here is what he did for us early by scoring in the first half to help us. 

“It looked familiar again today. I know they dared him and I love the fact he stepped up and took it. We need him scoring for us.”

Despite his struggles from the field, Hubb remained positive and trusted in Brey’s message to him that it would come back around to him. Hubb stayed ready and took advantage of the opportunity. 

“You always have to be ready to play no matter the situation,” Hubb stated. “We didn’t know TJ wasn’t going to play until warmups. That’s just me being ready and not being shy of the big lights.” 

Hubb also admitted it felt good to see his first shot of the game go down. 

“It was a little bit of a relief to hit a couple shots from the perimeter,” Hubb stated. “I’ve been in the gym working on my shot and focusing on making those shots. I can’t be afraid to shoot them.” 

Captain John Mooney was also fired up for the freshman as he knows how important it is to get Hubb confident, especially with an even smaller rotation.

“P-Hubb was killing it,” said Mooney. “He made those big-time free throws.

“It’s tough, but no one is feeling bad for us. We have to play with what we got. We have to outwork the team we play.” 

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