April 23, 2011

Hubbard says fans made a difference

As Anthony Hubbard sat in front of family and friends at the Hylton Boys and Girls Club in Dale City, the emotions became too much. Tears streamed down his face as he talked about his life and the opportunity he has ahead of himself. The tears eventually stopped and Hubbard with a smile, he announced that he would be spending the next two years at the University of Iowa.

"This was such an emotional day for me," Hubbard said Saturday afternoon. "I never dreamed that something like this would happen for me and to share it with family and friends was very special."

The decision eventually came down to choosing one of three hats and based on the crowd reaction, Hubbard made the right decision by deciding to sign with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The 6-foot-5 wing player from Fredrick Community College in Maryland averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 assists, this past season, earning second team All American honors. While his visit to Iowa took place in early March, the feeling from that visit never left Hubbard.

"A big reason why I signed with Iowa was because of the fans," he said. "That visit was so amazing and the people of Iowa were so welcoming and friendly to me. I never forgot that feeling and I look forward to getting back there."

Another big reason for Hubbard selecting Iowa over Nebraska and Penn State, his other finalists, was Hawkeye head coach Fran McCaffery. The Hawkeyes were one of the first high major schools to show interest in Hubbard and he built a strong bond with McCaffery.

"I called Coach McCaffery this morning to let him know I was coming and he said I made his day," Hubbard said. "We have built such a strong bond during the recruiting process and even if I wouldn't have picked Iowa, I know he would have continued to support me and that means a lot."

Hubbard says that he will wrap up his spring semester at Fredick Community College in May and graduate. He did not know the exact date that he will be arriving in Iowa City, but he is excited to get there and start working with his teammates.

"I can't wait to get to Iowa and help the team and start winning games."

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