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Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 12:38 pm
 
Posted by Matt Norlander

Twenty-six years old with just two years of organized basketball experience. And a criminal record.

Yet Anthony Hubbard's going to be wearing an Iowa Hawkeyes uniform next season.

This is a scholarship story that may be unprecedented.

Hubbard will be the most unlikely player to earn a spot on a Division I squad next year because of his backstory and the roads he took before winding up in Iowa City.

Hubbard was charged with four felonies during his teen years, when one horrible mistake set back his life in a big way. In December of 2003, the then-18-year-old attempted robbery, burglary and battery on a man while invading said man's house. Hubbard initially got away, but soon thereafter turned himself in, pleading guilty to the charges -- malicious wounding, possession of a firearm and robbery -- pressed against him.

Hubbard spent nearly four years behind bars because of it. He was denied parole three times. Think D-I basketball was even on his radar? No.

Here's how unlikely all this was: Hubbard, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard, never played high school basketball; he never graduated, properly, from high school. And until two years ago, he'd never participated in organized hoop. Then, after completing his high school diploma, Hubbard enrolled at Odessa Junior College, located in Texas. He had skill, but didn't know how much. After a year in Odessa, Hubbard wanted to be closer to home (Virginia) so he went to Maryland and enrolled at Frederick Community College. Last season he averaged 20.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and was an incredible 64 percent from the floor.

Those kind of numbers, at just about any level, will get the attention from just about any college coach, and more than 75 found the time to reach out to FCC coach Dave Miller and inquire about Hubbard, the man, as much as Hubbard, the player. Many stayed away, but plenty pursued.

Hubbard signed his Letter of Intent Saturday at the Hylton Boys & Girls Club in Dale City, Va., which is close to his hometown of Woodbridge. It was a mini-event, to be sure. Approximately 80 people showed up for the event, including North Carolina's Kendall Marshall. According to the Sioux City Journal, Hubbard also had a standing scholarship offer from Nebraska (which will join Iowa in the Big Ten next season) and took trips to Penn State and Iona.

But Iowa, somewhat surprisingly, lured in the old man. After Hubbard made his choice Saturday afternoon, second-year Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffrey told this to the Cedar Rapids Gazette:

“I heard that he was a really good player,” McCaffery said. “I didn’t really know anything about him. So of course we followed up on that. His coach (Miller) immediately told me what happened and said, ‘What I have to tell you is if he wanted to date my daughter, it would be OK with me. That’s how much I think of him. I’ve never had any problems with him. I recommend him without reservation.’

“So then of course we made sure folks here were at least comfortable pursuing that. So we needed to do our homework, and we did. We needed to get him here and meet everybody. We were satisfied after we completed our due diligence that he’s somebody we’d like to have in our program.”

The 26-year-old will enroll as a junior next year in Iowa City. And if you're curious about Hubbard now, read any of the links provided above. This certainly seems like a man who's long been well-adjusted and paid his price. For those who know him, there are few concerns or questions about his character.

We could have the second start of a sweet story here.

Photo via the News & Messenger

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Iowa
 
Comments

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

So all those 18 year olds getting arrested for smoking pot at Florida...the ones the fans have been trying to defend because it was nothing to be worried about...those were CRIMES too.  But go to the story on a different page and you will see a lot of gators claiming it was nothing.  So committing a crime in Florida is nothing, but in Iowa, we need to remember its a crime.  Nice double standard.



Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

You are right when you say that a person that is 18 years old is an adult, but also remember the fact that it is eightTEEN. anyone through the age of 13 to 19 is considered a teen.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

A MISTAKE ? A mistake is when you don't balance your check book,this was a CRIME !! And I love how they say his  TEEN YEARS, last I saw 18 was a adult.






KHB......Shhhhh....quiet down sir. A felony in Iowa is a mistake. But over-signing in College Football is cheating.


 Dang it man, get it straight.....Wink



gb2







Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

A MISTAKE ? A mistake is when you don't balance your check book,this was a CRIME !! And I love how they say his  TEEN YEARS, last I saw 18 was a adult.



Bravesman
Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:11 pm
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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

freaking priceless!
There's a big difference between committing a crime and learning from it...and committing the crime when currently enrolled at the school while on a team's roster.  One is going to Iowa, the other are in the SEC.




Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

like you said...i IZ a hypocrit



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

 
id think you would know how to spell that word since that what your every post resembles. hypocrisY

This is freakin hilarious. Dude is trying to call me out for mis-spelling a word but look at his jibberish he just posted....lmbo......
The two have nothing in common.



Like I said, you are to daft to see my point. Or you are just being contrary cuz you have no logical comeback?

Come to think of it, are you a girl? Because you think like one.



gb2




Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

golf dude who replies on anything and everything but FREAKING the clap clap sport...its HYPOCRITE not hypocrit.  as in tiger woods is a hypocrite NOT A HYPOCRIT.  
id think you would know how to spell that word since that what your every post resembles. hypocrisY



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

Half of me is happy for this kid.  He turned himself in and paid the price for his actions.  He is trying to get on with life.  He has a skill that no one posting on this board has and is using what God gave him.  Good for him.
The other half of me is wondering what kid from Nowhere, IA was turned down for a scholarship because there aren't any left.  Does a felon really deserve this great of a chance at redemption?  Can't he play in a developmental league somewhere?  Is the cost of winning so high that coaches are forced to recruit felons?  Is he THAT much better than their second choice?


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