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McCaffery, Hubbard talk about future


A new Hawkeye with a troubled past sat down and talked to members of the Eastern Iowa media on Wednesday.

Anthony Hubbard traveled a rough road in becoming an Iowa Hawkeye.  At the age of 18, Hubbard was convicted of 4 felonies and spent 3 years, 11 months in jail in connection with a burglary, robbery, and assault in December 2003.

On Wednesday, Hubbard, who is now 26-years old, sat alongside head coach Fran McCaffery and athletic director Gary Barta, and met with the media to discuss his past and his future.  As for his desire to be better, the newest Hawkeye says it has nothing to do with basketball.

"I think the most pressure comes from my family, my nieces, my nephews, and my brothers," said Hubbard, "Not only am I representing myself, I'm representing them on top of representing the University of Iowa, the coaching staff, and the president, so I understand that I'm representing a lot of people."

In signing Hubbard, Coach McCaffery acquired a second team junior college All-American that scored an average of more than 20 points pre game.  However, he's also faced a lot of criticism, and although many would consider the move to be a substantial gamble, he doesn't agree.

"I don't really believe it to be as big a chance as everybody else seems to think it is, because I've done my homework, and I believe in the guy sitting next to me," said McCaffery referring to Hubbard, "The challenge as I view it is how do we get him ready, and how does he fit in with the rest of the players, and how do we utilize his skill set to win a Big Ten championship."

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