Grundy County high school basketball senior Gavin Hobbs signed to play with Bryan College in a small ceremony at the GCHS library last Thursday. A group of administrators, coaches, teammates and family members watched as the three-year-old letter winner put his name on the dotted line for the Lions.
“It’s pretty amazing to have the chance to play at the top level,” Hobbs said. “There are not many children who have this opportunity.
“Playing GCHS really gave me a great foundation. I played in primary school but Coach Butner and Coach Favaloro showed me how to take the game seriously and helped me aim the college level.
Hobbs averaged 15 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as a senior and was lethal from 3-point range. His best game of the season came with a 32-point performance in a win over South Pittsburg. Hobbs scored 12 field goals – five from beyond the arc – and was a perfect 3-on-3 from the free-throw line.
He was the hero in Grundy’s 45-43 win over Marion County at Ricky Richards Gym in January. Hobbs knocked down a last-second basket to give the Yellow Jackets a stinging victory over the Warriors at the buzzer.
“It meant a lot to have the confidence of the coaches in high pressure situations,” Hobbs said. “It’s a difficult situation to live in, but having their confidence has helped me to have confidence in myself. Because of that, every time the ball touched my hand, I just knew the shot was going to go in.
Hobbs skipped his freshman season but returned to the field as a sophomore. The baller also spent his senior year on the GCHS baseball team as an outfielder.
“I’m so proud of Gavin,” said head coach Kevin Butner. “He’s been an important part of our team for the past three years and I know he will be a great asset to Bryan College. He is an excellent student and a hard worker with a winning mentality. It’s always great to see a Grundy product get the chance to play after high school.
Hobbs is Grundy’s second Bryan College signing in as many seasons. Jordan Hackworth recently completed his first year in Dayton, Tennessee as a member of the program’s junior varsity team.
The Lions college team was 19-11 in its 2021-22 season. BC finished the league game 14-8 and finished fourth in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Bryan won his first round contest of the AAC tournament before being eliminated in the second round by Truett McConnell.