The Bulls, Knicks, Warriors and Thunder won their first round series, but fell short of reaching the NBA's Final Four. Each team faces a pivotal offseason with many decisions to consider. Read More. Written by Daniel Leroux on May 21, 2013
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Georgia has been named the SEC Player of the Year, while Kentucky's Nerlens Noel won both Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
Joining Caldwell-Pope and Noel on the First Team All-SEC are Alabama's Trevor Releford, Florida's Erik Murphy, LSU's Johnny O'Bryant, Missouri's Phil Pressey, Tennessee's Jordan McRae and Texas A&M's Elston Turner.
The SEC has become one college basketball's strongest conferences over the past decade as Kentucky has become a powerhouse again under John Calipari, while Billy Donovan has built a consistent winner at Florida with championships in 2006 and 2007.
But there has also been a trickle down effect.
Seven of the top 15 overall prospects in the Class of 2013 are SEC-bound: Andrew and Aaron Harrison and James Young to Kentucky, Kasey Hill and Chris Walker to Florida, Bobby Portis to Arkansas and Jarrell Martin to LSU.
Each of the five remaining top-15 prospects are considering at least one SEC school.
The SEC has 13 top-50 commits, which is more than double the amount from the ACC (6) and Big 12 (6).
Robert Hubbs verbally committed to Tennessee on Monday, his father confirmed.
Hubbs took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend.
"It was the little things (Cuonzo Martin) did," Hubbs’ father, Robert Hubbs II said. "He sent my wife and my mother a handwritten Mother's Day card. The little things you do catch the eyes of a lot of people and it really caught my son's eyes."
Hubbs chose the Volunteers over Duke, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
"I asked him, 'What about Kentucky? You haven't visited yet,'" Hubbs Sr. said. "He said, 'Dad, I love Tennessee.'"
Terrence Samuel has a top six of Tennessee, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Dayton and Temple.
“It’s wherever I feel comfortable,” said Samuel, who led South Shore High School to the Smartball Classic title on Thursday with seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 62-51 victory over Bayside at Abraham Lincoln Playground in Harlem. “Good graduation rate, where I’m going to play. Distance [from home] doesn’t matter. It’s whoever I like. Every school is a good opportunity. At the end of the day, it’s what fits me.”
Samuel will visit all six schools prior to making a decision on Nov. 1.
“It’s tough, but I have to go somewhere,” Samuel said. “I’m trying to go to college, play ball, achieve my goals.”