Jiri Hubalek: I was thinking about it a long time, wondering where I would want to go. One of the most important things was I wanted to play in a big conference, in a good basketball program, and at a school where I could play right away. I also liked the basketball fans. I feel like I've got it now in my own hands.
CN: In what ways are you a good fit for the Cyclone system?
Hubalek: I can fit real well into their motion offense, because I can shoot, spread the floor, and run the fast break. Personally, I like to play the three and four positions. I don't know if I will get a lot of chances to play the three, but I will try to prove myself. Otherwise, I can play the four and five. I'm excited about joining their basketball team because they have good guards. They're losing Jared Homan and Damien Staple, so I'm ready to earn that spot.
CN: Talk about the transition from Marshalltown Community College to ISU. Are you ready for such a big step up in competition?
Hubalek: I don't feel any pressure. I think this transition is another step in my basketball career. It's a challenge like every basketball game, so I'm looking forward to it. I'll keep doing my thing and everything is going to be fine.
CN: What were some things over your official visit that turned you onto the Cyclones?
Hubalek: During the season I saw some games and was very excited about the crowd. I played in some pickup games and talked to the players. I feel comfortable with the players and everything else. Plus I like the Big 12 Conference.
CN: Which schools did you pick ISU over?
Hubalek: Florida State, Texas A&M, Southern Miss, and Tennessee-Chattanooga. A lot of schools were trying to talk to me, but I felt like Iowa State was the right place for me. I found everything I was looking for up there.
CN: What do you have planned for the rest of the spring and this summer?
Hubalek: I'm going home to the Czech Republic for a month and a half after my graduation from community college. I am going to work out with the basketball team back there. But it will mostly be to see my family, because I haven't seen them in a long time. Family is very important to me. I went a whole year without seeing them, then I saw them during the Christmas break for two weeks. I want to go home to spend some more time with them.
Then I'm coming back in June for some summer classes. I would like to participate in the summer league, but if it's not possible then I will just do my best to get ready.
Hubalek and Marshalltown head coach Denny Aye on signing day.