CENTRAL POINT, Ore--- Crater guard Hunter Chubb rarely plays at his level. Normally, you can find Chubb high above the rest of the opposition. That is why it is no surprise that the senior will be moving up to the next level by travelling up to the Pacific Northwest.
This week, Chubb signed with Edmonds College to play basketball. Over the past few years, you may have missed the valuable minutes he provides the Comets.
Perhaps his 23 points in a blowout victory over Grants Pass or his 22 points in another blowout win vs Roseburg are great examples. Chubb is emerging as the team's leader in the wake of former star Nathan Bittle's transfer.
Chubb is taking that role on with as much as confidence as he can.
"It is fun to just go out and compete knowing that when I walk out on the court, I am the best player on the court," said Chubb. "So, it is really hard but it is really fun at the same time."
It is hard to imagine that flying above the rim with a basketball cocked behind your head wouldn't be fun. That is the spot that Chubb lives in.
The 6'4" guard certainly has the height to go at the rim. However, from first glace from the stands, he does not always appear as one that would do it with such ease.
"I don't know what it is. I don't know if it's something in the water in Central Point but I have been awfully blessed with kids that can dunk," said Crater head coach Chris Schmerbach. "He is bouncy and he has tremendous talent in that respect. The cool thing about it is that is not all to his game"
In last Friday's win over Roseburg, Chubb took a pass on a fast-break just outside of the three-point stripe. When Chubb arrived near the free-throw line, he had one defender near him. He did not go around. He went over for a two-handed slam. It is just not something that you are used to seeing out of a high schooler.
Crater has recently shifted to a more guard-oriented offense that allows Chubb to be a dunk-first or pass-first style player. This shift came after Crater lost Nathan Bittle to Prolific Prep as he prepares to play at the University of Oregon. Crater also lost Kruger Edwards to graduation.
With both of those guys gone, Crater was forced to move from a post driven offense to a guard driven offense. That is where Chubb has exceled.
That is not to say that Chubb was not great with Bittle and Edwards in the lineup. Schmerbach said it best. Bounciness is not the only part of Chubb's game.
In the 2019-2020 season, Chubb was an excellent facilitator to both of those guys. Where he was lethal in that lineup was in his ability to shoot. When defenses keyed in on Bittle, he often kicked to Chubb who was there to knock down the open three.
Now, teams have stepped up to Chubb and he is still knocking those shots down.
Against 6A teams, particularly the last two Crater has played (Roseburg and Grants Pass), Chubb has made three and five three-pointers in each game.
It is likely that Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington will be excited for a high-flyer. Afterall, those are always fun to watch and they usually create chaos for defenses.
Chubb's stretch of great role play and now dominant leadership has earned him the title of NewsWatch 12's Amateur Athlete. In the video above, NewsWatch 12 Sports' Cameron Derby shows you Chubb's reaction to his signing with Edmonds.