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Hubbard inks letter of intent with Missouri Baptist

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Pictured are, from left, front: Erick Hubbard Sr., Kyle Hubbard, and Charlotte Hubbard. Back, from left: MBU Assistant Coach Donald Bell, MBU Head Coach Tony Thompkins, Erick Hubbard Jr., and CHS Coach Brian Brandtner.
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- 2005 Caruthersville High School grad Kyle Hubbard recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Missouri Baptist University Spartans in St. Louis. Hubbard, a two-sport star at CHS, shined on the on the hardwood as well as on the gridiron.

The 6-foot-2, All-State (Class 3) shooting guard was a potent three-point threat and led the Tigers' basketball team in scoring. He will take his skills to the next level, where he will join older brother, Erick Hubbard Jr., on the MBU roster.

Hubbard fielded offers from several different colleges, but chose the Spartans for two main reasons. One -- the chance to get to play at least one year with his brother, and two -- the opportunity for his family to continue watching him play. With numerous other family members in the St. Louis area, it wasn't a hard decision for him to make according to his parents, Erick Sr. and Charlotte Hubbard.

"I am very pleased that Kyle chose Missouri Baptist," his father said. We travel to St. Louis often, so we'll have the chance to see them both play -- I can't wait to see them on the floor together. The most important thing, though, is that he will be able to get a good education."

The Spartans are coming off two very successful seasons, in which they advanced to the NAIA Div-1 National Tournament in Kansas City. Erick Jr., a 6-foot-3 starting point guard for MBU, has helped widen the doorway by making the coaching staff more aware of Bootheel area talent. Noll Billings of Kennett cracked the door and Hubbard kicked it open. And according to MBU head coach Tony Thompkins, Kyle is a direct beneficiary of their style of play and work ethic.

"I had been hearing that Kyle was a very good player," said Thompkins. "I knew that he was an all-state caliber player and we feel that he can contribute to what we've started here. We are happy to get him."

Hubbard, who dropped off around 20 points per game last season, led coach Brian Brandtner's CHS ballclub to an 18-7 record and runner-up finishes in the Gideon Invitational and the district tournament. The Tigers finished second only to Class 5 state champion Poplar Bluff in their inaugural season in the SEMO Conference, while finishing in a three-way tie for first in the Bootheel Conference. Hubbard was selected first team all-conference in both leagues.

With the signing of the younger Hubbard, Thompkins hopes to have started a pipeline into arguably the most talent-rich corner of the state. He has vowed to keep an eye out for other upcoming players in the area.

Kyle was also a vital member of the record-setting CHS football team as an All-Region wide receiver and defensive back. Not only was he known for burning opposing safeties on the receiving end, but he delivered some nasty hits on the defensive end. He and fellow D-back Paul Sanders was the most feared deep cover tandem in the southeast region.

Jeremy Abrams of the Democrat Argus contributed to this story.

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