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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: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

Nope not every fan is a hypocrit, just you two that I am aware of. And the reason they are the same topic is because YOU said Saban is a cheater. I asked you to prove it on the other thread, and of course you backslid with that over-signing crap. 

You two had that " better than thou" attitude on the Saban Statue thread and now the shoe is on the other foot. 

If you can't see the correlation, then I am at a loss for words at your ignorance.


gb2 
Again you are proving me right...lol. How is this the same? This kid hasn't cheated. You are just p.ssed that i called out your program because they use oversigning as a method of winning...which to me is cheating...and probably 75% of the population. The two have nothing in common.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

Thanks Iowa! Let's turn the NCAA Mens Basketball league into a joke.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

So every Iowa fan that has bashed bama is a hypocrit? You make no logical sense.  They are two different topics. If Saban has a felony than maybe you can compare them...Does he?



Nope not every fan is a hypocrit, just you two that I am aware of. And the reason they are the same topic is because YOU said Saban is a cheater. I asked you to prove it on the other thread, and of course you backslid with that over-signing crap. 

You two had that " better than thou" attitude on the Saban Statue thread and now the shoe is on the other foot. 

If you can't see the correlation, then I am at a loss for words at your ignorance.


gb2 






Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

hahaha....flasucksgoiowa......another hypocrit. You been bashin Bama and the SEC and now look whats happened to you and your little Hawkeys......toooo fuuunyyy.....


Pot meet Kettle folks......Undecided
So every Iowa fan that has bashed bama is a hypocrit? You make no logical sense.  They are two different topics. If Saban has a felony than maybe you can compare them...Does he?



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

Treemax.....you're such a hypocrit. A few days ago you were bangin on Saban with your unproven "cheater" comments like he stole somethin, but now you guys sign a convicted FELON and you he deserves a second chance?!


You have no credibilty.......


gb2
Golf and Beer..what are you talking about? They are two completely different scenario's. This is a kid getting a second chance, Saban is unethical in his treatment of players. He misleads his players and tells them one thing then recinds the offer when he has to cut down to 85 players(See wall street journal article).

Comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges...idiot!



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

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 3, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

did you call scam or any other of your suc felons you smooze with ...an ex-felon? on their headline? HELL NO.


hahaha....flasucksgoiowa......another hypocrit. You been bashin Bama and the SEC and now look whats happened to you and your little Hawkeys......toooo fuuunyyy.....


Pot meet Kettle folks......Undecided


gb2




Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

AWESOME!! There's just not enough felons tossing the rock anymore.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

more like iowa was the only place that he would have a chance to succeed in. did you read where he gave his verbal agreement?

“I have nothing to hide. I’ve been straight up with everybody,” Hubbard said. “What I’ve been through, it made me grow up. It made me the person I am today.”

That’s among the reasons Hubbard chose to make his announcement Saturday at the youth club near his hometown of Woodbridge, Va.
“They (iowa) haven’t judged me because of something that happened eight years ago,” Hubbard said. “They’ve seen I’ve worked hard to turn my life around and that I am trying to prevent others from making the mistake I made.”

Hubbard made his official visit to Iowa on the weekend of March 5, watching the Hawkeyes upset sixth-ranked Purdue in the regular-season finale at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. His host for the weekend was another East Coast native, Melsahn Basabe.

“It was an incredible experience, everything was first rate,” Hubbard said. “Melsahn talked about how much he liked it at Iowa and how good the people were, and I saw the same thing. You could tell the people there love basketball and love the Hawkeyes. It was great.”

report the WHOLE story instead of just your idiot headline of your TMZ, national enquirer like site ...26 year old ex-felon


did you call scam or any other of your suc felons you smooze with ...an ex-felon? on their headline? HELL NO. i just think its so appropriate that you finally got a story to match your EX-FELON site of suc criminals. 
wheres iowa? its the place where the losers like DODD and his ax waving loser lizzie borden doyeliet ARENT !
this IS WHY he chose iowa and it seems he is genuine on turning his life around...9 years later!!!!!!!
“It was an incredible experience, everything was first rate,” Hubbard said. “Melsahn talked about how much he liked it at Iowa and how good the people were
 





Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

Gee friggin' whiz, it's Iowa basketball.
Some of you are acting like he got signed to play @ Duke.

If Iowa wants to sign a former felon, then whatever.
No big deal.
You've got kids going to that school who drive drunk every weekend,
but I guess it's OK for them to be @ Iowa since they haven't killed anyone yet.


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