Hubbs was Tyndall's best UT recruiting job

photo Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs III, left, got to play in only 12 games as a freshman but will be back for plenty more under the new coaches.

KNOXVILLE - In his first month as the Tennessee men's basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall signed eight new players, including a pair of immediately eligible transfers.

His best and most important recruiting job, though, almost certainly involved a returning player.

In the aftermath of Cuonzo Martin's departure and the Volunteers' ensuing coaching change, former five-star recruit Robert Hubbs III flirted with following close friends and teammates Darius Thompson and A.J. Davis in exploring his transfer options. But Tyndall and his staff trekked out to Newbern in West Tennessee last month and convinced the guard to stay.