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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
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Comments

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

Not exactly. Most athletic programs lose money every year. The money that is lost is recouped from the University's General Fund. Thus, athletic programs suck money from the general mission of higher education.

You should check out the statistics from big name prgrograms when they make BCS bowls. Most typically do not have very much money left over. Why? All of their boosters (and their families), staff, and friends of the program ride the gravy train. Those folks stay at very nice hotels in places, such as Pasadina, during the bowl weekend.

Money that is left over does get pumped to the other athletic programs (sometimes) but I have never heard of it "reducing the cost for other students to attend the university."


10.18 million is a small number in the higher education world....



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

I wonder how many burgeoning scientists, doctors, teachers, lawyers and astronauts will have to find some other way to pay for their college tuition and maybe will never get the chance to go to school because that money has been given to someone who is good at basketball.  I am glad this kid will get a chance to play and I am glad for him if he has turned his life around.  I'd just like the university of Iowa to tell us who isn't going to go to school because this guy is.


Valid point....to a certain extent. Obviously this guy had the grades to be accepted so he didnt take some ordinary students spot. This kid also happens to play basketball and that scholarship would have been given to someone else to play basketball. Who knows, maybe Hubbard will be smarter than the guy they could have given a scholarship to. The basketball team doesn't give away scholarships to teachers, scientist, and astronaut wann-a-be's....unless they have a 15 ft jumper.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

OlHoss,

This kid isn't keeping anyone out of the University...they still have opportunities available to them.  What this kid does (playing basketball at  a major university) may in fact PAY for burgeoning scientists, doctors, and teachers to be educated at Iowa.



Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

We all make mistakes. It's how you rebound from these mistakes that will define you. He has been given a 2nd chance which we all deserve. There are a lot of students walking around Iowa and every other university that do not deserve to be where they are felony or not.



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

jeffbear - he's going to Iowa, not Iowa State :)



True...but apparently Fred Hoiberg is bound and determine to give everyone on their team 2nd, 3rd, and fourth chances!



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

While it's true Penn State took a good look at Hubbard, he was denied by the admissions office.  He was missing a math credit ( I think Algebra) and Penn State does not bend on these things or willing to stick it's neck out.  Looks like Iowa and Nebraska have either different criteria or the admissions departments were willing to work with him.  At any rate, it will be interesting to see how the kid (man) transitions to BigTen basketball and acedemics.  Hope for the best for him and anyone else to takes advantage of a second chance to change their life course.
Or the fact that Fran is desperate for a point guard. Not sure how I feel about this...kind of has Pierre Pierce written all over it but in a different way. I am not big on guys who get arrested let alone felonies but I also think people make mistakes in their lives and should be able to redeem themselves. I say give the kid a chance and if he screws up you let him go. Second chance is one thing but beyond that you made your own bed.....



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

You have asked the wrong question...  It is not how many scientists, doctors, teachers, students in general that will have to find another way to attend the university because of the scholarship awarded to this young man; stated correctly, its how many other stundents will his presence (i.e., the atheletic programs, primarily football & basketball) fund?  The cost of the scholarship to this young man is nothing compared to the revenue that football and basketball bring to colleges & Universities.  The money from those two sports is also used to fund scholarships for other atheletic programs, the general scholarship fund, as well various other university projects/endavors.  So the costs to the university to give a stundent is scholarships is only the marginal or incremental cost of adding another stundent to the class room, which is far less than the tuiton costs that the average student pays.  In return for this scholarship (payment if you will) the student atheletes earn hundreds of millions of dollars each year for their schools, and in part help reduce the cost for other students to attend the university...   Case in point...

News Corp. projects that the Big Ten Network could pay $2.8 billion to the Big Ten Conference over the 25-year life of its deal to operate the channel, according to the media company’s most recent 10-Q federal filing, which provided the first glimpse of its agreement with the conference.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp. has a 20-year contract with the Big Ten, with an option for five more years.

The total payout over the term of the 25-year agreement is based on profit projections by News Corp., and the money distributed to the schools on the front end will be significantly less than the average over the life of the deal.

If News Corp. hits its financial projections, which are based on a guaranteed rights fee, an equity share agreement with the league, the full 25-year life of the deal and hitting all sales thresholds, it would translate into an average of $112 million annually paid to the conference and $10.18 million to each school.




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

While it's true Penn State took a good look at Hubbard, he was denied by the admissions office.  He was missing a math credit ( I think Algebra) and Penn State does not bend on these things or willing to stick it's neck out.  Looks like Iowa and Nebraska have either different criteria or the admissions departments were willing to work with him.  At any rate, it will be interesting to see how the kid (man) transitions to BigTen basketball and acedemics.  Hope for the best for him and anyone else to takes advantage of a second chance to change their life course.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

This a great story about second chances.  As this isn't Iran, the goal of of the justice system is rehabilitaive rather than punitive (though not all agree of course - not everyone is Christian as is their right).  He has served his time and his societal debt is paid, time to become a productive citizen and this young man is doing just that.  I know I was an idiot as a teenager.  The sad thing is how many truly idiotic posters wasnt to make this about school or conference.  Every single poster criticizing Iowa would defend the decision if it had been your school that got this kid.  I have no bias; I recently ripped Iowa for giving that clown trainer an award. 



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Iowa inks 26-year-old ex-felon

You continue to be a moron 55. 

FYI everyone in the state of Ohio who gets a high schoold diploma is admited to Ohio st.  Therefore making it the easiest.


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