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St. Mary's Hubert signs to play at Bethel

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

Patrick Hubert, the Paducah Sun's 2014 All-Purchase Player of the Year, played four years of basketball at St. Mary but was never quite sure where he would continue his athletic career.

But that all changed on Thursday when the senior signed an athletic and academic scholarship to play basketball at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn.

"Obviously after the season ending the way it did, you always have to wonder if you're going to play again," Hubert said. "Just being able to know you get to go back and play on a team every day is special. It's something I did every day for four years for my high school and it's a great feeling knowing I'll be able to go to Bethel and do the same thing. I just want to get there and win as many games as possible and hope to win championships there."

Hubert â “ who hasn't decided his major, but wants to go to law school â “ picked to go to Bethel over going to Vincennes (Ind.) University, Olney (Ill.) Central College, the University of South Carolina Upstate and walking on at Western Kentucky University.

Hubert, a three-time selection on the All-Purchase Team, had a standout career at St. Mary and ended it by scoring more than 2,000 points and grabbing nearly 650 rebounds. He averaged 19 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists a game during his senior season.

On top of being named the 2014 Paducah Sun Player of the Year, Hubert's efforts as a senior earned him the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Region I Player of the Year award, being named an Academic All-State honorable mention, a spot on the All A Classic State Tournament Team and the 2014 Second District Player of the Year award.

During his career, Hubert was also named Third District Player of Year twice (2012, 2013), to the First Region All-Tournament Team three times (2012, 2013 and 2014) and to the Carbondale Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team three times (2011, 2012, 2013).

"You have an idea in your head that you're putting the work in, but to earn the honors I did was a pinnacle," Hubert said. "It proves to yourself that the work and time you put in was worth it. But it's topped off by all the help I got from my coaches and my teammates."

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

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