April 17, 2011

Hubbard says Huskers are in his top-2 after visit

Anthony Hubbard had one last visit to Nebraska on his schedule before he finally started his decision making process in picking a college. After spending the weekend in Lincoln, his decision just got a lot more difficult.

The heralded 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing from Frederick (Md.) Community College said he couldn't have imagined his visit to Nebraska could go any better, and now the Huskers are right at the top of his list.

"It was great, actually," Hubbard said. "It was everything I expected and maybe a little bit more. Just the atmosphere. At first, when I thought of the best places to be in the world, I don't think Nebraska would be in the top-5 or top-10, but it was a very nice atmosphere. The people are nice. It's a great environment."

Hubbard has drawn offers from numerous Division-I schools in recent months, and already visited Iowa, Penn State and Iona. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.

After this weekend, though, Hubbard said he's pretty much narrowed his choices down to two schools - Nebraska and Iowa.

"Iowa and Nebraska are pretty much my top two," Hubbard said. "It's pretty much an even playing ground between those two. I've been all the places I wanted to go now, and I just need to give myself some time to think about what I want to do and where my best fit would be."

Along with touring Nebraska's new practice facility and meeting with head coach Doc Sadler and several NU players, Hubbard also attended Saturday's Red-White Spring Game.

Even though it was technically just a practice, Hubbard said he was surprised and impressed by the support Nebraska fans showed the football team at the game.

"That was my first time going to a college football game, and that was a pretty exciting event," Hubbard said. "A lot of people came out, and it was fun to imagine the support for a game where they're playing against each other. It's kind of wild to me that 60,000 people showed up."

The Woodbridge, Va., native played his freshman season at Odessa (Texas) Junior College before transferring to Frederick, where he averaged 20.7 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 64.1 percent to help guide the Cougars to a 24-5 record last season.

With his final visit to Nebraska now in the books, Hubbard said he plans to start weighing the pros and cons of each program up until his scheduled decision date of Saturday, April 23 - the birthday of his brother, who passed away.

"I'm just going to gauge it," Hubbard said. "I have to look over some things and think about where I want to spend the next two years.

Nebraska got a verbal commitment from sophomore guard Dylan Talley of Blinn (Texas) CC last week, and the Huskers have also offered Sheridan (Wyo.) CC point guard Matt Glover and 6-foot-6 wing Tony Kimbro of Jefferson (Ken.) High School.

The Huskers have one remaining scholarship available for this season, and the spring signing period will run until May 18.

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