April 13, 2011

Hubbard picks date to make his college decision

About to make a decision that will undoubtedly change his life for the better, Anthony Hubbard wanted to officially make his college choice on day that was more special to him than any other.

Hubbard, a heralded 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing from Frederick (Md.) Community College, has drawn offers from numerous Division-I schools in recent months, including some from the likes of Nebraska, Iowa, Penn State and Iona.

On Wednesday, Hubbard told HuskerOnline.com that he plans to announce his decision on Saturday, April 23 - the birthday of his brother who passed away.

"That's a day that means a lot to me, and I felt like it would be right to make my decision then," Hubbard said.

Hubbard's past has been well documented at this point - he spent nearly four years in prison after a robbery arrest when he was 17. But now at 25, he's less than two weeks away from achieving a life-long goal of playing D-I basketball and continuing to turn his life around.

Where he'll go to take that next step is still a very big question, though.

The Woodbridge, Va., native has already visited Iowa, Penn State and Iona, and he'll be in Lincoln to see Nebraska this weekend. Hubbard wouldn't give any indication as to which school was the favorite at this point, saying he's waiting until he takes his final official visit to start the decision making process.

As of Wednesday, Hubbard said he had no other official visits scheduled after Nebraska. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.

Hubbard 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.

He said he was looking forward to his visit to Lincoln, saying he plans on going to Saturday's Red-White spring football game. Hubbard has said his visit to Iowa back in March would be tough to beat because of the way the Hawkeyes made him feel both welcomed and wanted as a player who could make an immediate impact for them next season.

"(Iowa) has been tough to beat," Hubbard told HawkeyeReport.com on Monday. "The people at Iowa were unlike any of the people that I have met on my other visits. They were kind and down to earth people. It wasn't what I would have expected with people asking for my autograph and taking my picture."

As far as this weekend's visit to Lincoln, Hubbard said he expects his time with head coach Doc Sadler and his staff to be no different than his time in Iowa City.

"I'm expecting the same thing at Nebraska," Hubbard said. "They've told me they want me to come in and be a scorer for them right away next year. I've talked a lot with Coach Sadler and Coach (Wes) Flanigan, and I definitely that they want me at Nebraska a lot. I'm just going to see how this weekend goes and make a decision from there."

Nebraska got a verbal commitment from sophomore guard Dylan Talley of Blinn (Texas) CC on Monday, and the Huskers have also offered Sheridan (Wyo.) CC point guard Matt Glover, who visited NU last weekend.

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

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