Rakim Lubin is the Huskies' latest commitment to the class of 2014, and off the court he may also be the quietest. But all of that changes once the 6-8 power forward steps on the court, at least to hear his high school coach tell it.
“He’s a humble kid,” Buford (Ga.) coach Allen Whitehart told the Hartford Courant. “He does’t say much. But he is a monster on the court.”
Whitehart admitted to "work(ing) them pretty hard" and that Lubin "seemed to respond to that," which should help ease the transition to Kevin Ollie's intense practices.
Heading into the summer, Lubin wasn't heavily recruited because he was recovering from a back injury. That all changed a few weeks ago when he held a workout for college coaches. Huskies assistant Ricky Moore just so happened to be in attendance.
“Afterward, they wanted to get (Lubin) up for visits as soon as they could,”Whitehart said. “He went up to UConn and fell in love with the place.”
Lubin joins big man Daniel Hamilton and NC State transfer Rodney Purvis in the Huskies 2014 class. Expectations are already building for Hamilton and Purvis, but Whitehart thinks Lubin can contribute immediately too.
“He’s ready,” the coach said. “He plays with a great motor, he rebounds the ball with high volume.”