JUCO Titus Rubles Commits to the Cincinnati Bearcats

Kyle Kempt
PositionQB
Height - Weight6'5" 200 lbs
HometownMassillon, OH
High SchoolWashington
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Rivals*** - 5.5
ESPN*** - 70
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Titus Rubles comes from Blinn College in Texas. He’s originally from the Dallas area and went to God’s Academy but opted to go the JUCO route coming out of high school. He had offers from primarily mid-major programs and decided to hone his skills on the Junior College circuit to improve his stock. He actually started off at Independence Community College and transferred to Blinn for his sophomore year. Rubles is technically the 2nd prospect to commit to Mick Cronin in the 2012 recruiting period. Devon Scott was the first one but it turns out his verbal wasn’t as solid as most had originally thought. He’s now with the Dayton Flyers. Despite what happened in the past, Rubles comes as a pleasant surprise as Mick had yet to pull in any recruits since Scott. Keep in mind the Bearcats only have 2, maybe 3, available spots so he has to be very particular with who he offers scholarships to. Rubles visited Cincinnati when the Bearcats dismantled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and appeared to come away so impressed he changed his Twitter handle to @bearcatbound. But the JUCO did not commit to Mick Cronin right away opting for a Sweet Sixteen birth from UC to announce his intentions. Well no matter how long it took, I am extremely happy to have him.

Overview

At 6’7″ Rubles is tall enough to play the post at the next level and has packed on some much needed weight since graduating high school. Those extra 20 or so lbs has really allowed him to drive the lane more. He has the reputation of being a high energy player similar to Justin Jackson but slightly smaller both in size and stature. But Jaquon Parker, who is only 6’3″ yet is 2nd on UC in rebounds, will tell you that it’s not size but work-ethic that wins battles in basketball. Not only does he have a stellar reputation but his numbers back it up. In his sophomore season at Blinn, Rubles averaged nearly 15 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. What is most encouraging is that he shot 51% from the field and 73% from the free throw line. The Bearcats lack pure shooters who have a nose for the basket (only Sean Kilpatrick comes to mind) and the JUCO appears to possess that quality. I was unable to find a full highlight showcasing his skills but here’s 15 seconds of him posterizing some kid:

Outlook

Rubles is a quicker power forward-type player much like the ones that have come to UC in recent years (Ellis, Gaines, to some extent). It’s clear Mick Cronin is opting for more athletic players with longer arms to cover the post instead of the herculean centers of olde. What I’m saying is that he should fit in nicely in Cincinnati’s new 4-guard offense and will definitely get minutes next season probably at the 3. The determinant of how many is how quickly he picks up the Bearcat offense. Rubles should do a nice job replacing the loss of Yancy Gates next season but I’d still like Cronin to land another forward in this class preferably out of high school.

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