I was flipping through the Iowa City paper and noticed a side article on a basketball recruit that visited this weekend named Anthony Hubbard who is a talented 6-5, 220lb guard averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds in JUCO this year. Here is the twist, Hubbard is a 25 year old sophomore who spent 37 months in prison after being charged for the felonies of robbery, malicious wounding and use of a firearm stemming from a December 2003 incident. Iowa, Penn State and Iona are currently pursuing Hubbard as a recruit with Iowa having offered a scholarship a few weeks ago.
In this particular case, I have no details on Hubbard’s rehabilitation, but I do believe we can all get into bad situations and in many cases second chances are deserved. Admittedly, this does seem a bit sketchy when you have spent almost four years in jail for robbery and I am not sure I would want our staff making a similar choice to pursue this recruit. What is most interesting to me with this story is the fact that this was a non-story in the newspaper. I can’t help but draw parallels to the scathing articles about Dorsey potentially going to UM and how this story is page 3 (literally page 3) material. I suppose it is the difference between having an agenda and just writing the local sports column.