Hubbard Going Slow

Anthony Hubbard has waited longer than most prospects to play college basketball. That's part of the reason he's taking his time in choosing an institution. Find out where he'll be headed on his next official visit, a new school that's entered the picture and is reaction to stories about his past transgressions in this Hawkeye Insider update.

Anthony Hubbard has a way of viewing most things in his life from a positive perspective. It seems a good approach in a life where he's going to be judged more than most college basketball recruits.

Hubbard, 25, spent almost four years in prison for a robbery conviction when he was 18. The story became more public last week when the Frederick Community College star officially visited Iowa and the media went to work.

"I've read what people have written and said on line," the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder Virginia native. "Some of it is way off base and inaccurate. My mom tells me not to read it but I find it kind of motivating and it's nothing I didn't expect.

"There's definitely some bad in it being out there, but there's more good. It's amazing how many people around here reached out after reading the stories. I found out I have even more support than before the stories came out."

There are plenty of schools that feel that Hubbard has changed around his life for the better. Iowa, Rutgers, Penn State and Iona have offered scholarships. South Florida, a new entrant into the Hubbard pursuit, and Kansas State have actively recruited him and appeared close to extending him an opportunity, he said.

Iowa represented Hubbard's first official visit. He said after it that he planned to use all five official visits allowed by NCAA rules. The signing period has been set to begin April 15 and runs for about a month.

"It doesn't look like I'm going to be ready to sign by (April 15)," Hubbard said.

Hubbard's next official visit is set for Penn State, March 25-27.

"Penn State is good school academically and athletically," he said. "Their coach has done a great job with the guys and they did great at the end of the season beating Wisconsin and Michigan State.

"They made the tournament, which really impressed me. They've taken the next step."

While Hubbard does not list a favorite, he'll be measuring the rest of his visits against the tremendous time he had at Iowa.

"Like I said after that visit, I saw what's important to me there," Hubbard said. "The coaches, players, fans all impressed me a lot. The rest of the school ate at least going to have to be similar or better."

Hubbard said he's trying to figure which college coaches are genuine and which of them is just telling him what he wants to hear.

"I felt like the Iowa coaching staff was that way," Hubbard said. "Every coach on the staff made me feel lime they really wanted me. A couple of the players did, too."

Wherever he ends up, Hubbard intends to continue showing his past is in the past.

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