37 months in jail improves your shot, Iowa and PSU line up for recruit

Submitted by iawolve on March 8th, 2011 at 2:12 PM

 

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. 

Comments

Creedence Tapes

March 8th, 2011 at 2:19 PM ^

 

 " 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. "

 

If you believe in second chances than why title this article 37 months in jail improves your shot? If he is eligible to play and they believe he is "rehabilitated" then why not give him a shot?

iawolve

March 8th, 2011 at 2:31 PM ^

necessarily want the guy on our team. That is a little too much jail time for me and there are many other recruits that I would rather see JB mold into players.

The are many second chances that can be given out for various infractions, but when a guy uses of a firearm in a robbery where he then injures someone is outside my comfort zone. Again, I have no specific details on how this particular player improved as a person beyond what is in the article, obviously others are willing to overlook his past issues.

Creedence Tapes

March 8th, 2011 at 6:27 PM ^

 "Again, I have no specific details on how this particular player improved as a person beyond what is in the article, obviously others are willing to overlook his past issues."

Or perhaps they have more information to base it on than you do, since you know, they might have actually spoken to him, or checked out the specifics of the situation. 

Ziff72

March 8th, 2011 at 2:23 PM ^

I love rounding as much as the next guy, but.........37 months is 3 years and 1 month so "almost 4 years" is taking rounding to the next level.

Please insert joke about people lining up to get iawolve to measure their  penis here.

Mlaw2010

March 8th, 2011 at 2:28 PM ^

If people are okay with Michael Vick making millions playing in the NFL, then why  can't this guy get an education?  He's served his debt to society, now he deserves the chance to move on and continue rehabilitating himself.

RONick

March 8th, 2011 at 2:30 PM ^

Good for him if he is able to turn his life around.

It is remarkable, when you take an honest look, at how much of an agenda the local media had against the Michigan football program while RR was at the helm.  Very interesting indeed... /conspiracytheory

MAgoBLUE

March 8th, 2011 at 2:47 PM ^

I watched the MAAC title game last night between Iona and St. Peters.  Iona has a kid who transfered in from JUCO because he was originally ineligable for Bobby Gonzalez's program at Seton Hall.   Anyone who knows about the Gonzalez era at SHU knows how hard it was to be found ineligable for that program.  Now Iona is looking to bring in another JUCO transfer and this kid served 37 months in jail.  It makes you wonder what's going on at that school.