Junior-college All-American Anthony Hubbard will choose between two schools this Saturday to continue to collegiate playing career, his junior-college coach said Thursday.
“It’s just those two: Iowa and Nebraska,” said Frederick (Md.) Community College Coach Dave Miller. “Everybody’s on their pins and needles. The coaches call all the time and ask if I know anything. I’ve deliberately not asked him. I said, ‘I don’t want to know.’ I’m not one who can lie so I don’t like to tell the truth. So if I don’t know, I’m telling the truth. I don’t know.
“I probably have a good guess. I think I know where he’s going. But I would never tell anybody that.”
Hubbard, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 220 pounds, averaged nearly 21 points and 11 rebounds a game last year at Frederick. He spent nearly four years in prison for robbery but has rebounded in junior college by earning a combined 3.2 grade-point-average. Miller touted Hubbard’s maturity and said he has become a team leader.
“He’s special,” Miller said. “He’s one of those people that come along every now and then. I’ve coached for 42 years and he’s probably … he’s the best player I’ve ever coached. But I’ve had other good ones, but he’s special.”
Miller said up to 60 coaches have inquired about Hubbard with about 10 percent declining to recruit him because of his crime. Hubbard initially had Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State and Iona as his finalists.
Iowa has three scholarships available for this spring, while Big Ten newcomer Nebraska has one scholarship left.