Anthony Hubbard’s Division I basketball career remains on hold.
Hubbard, a junior college transfer who signed with Iowa in the spring but left school and transferred to Morgan State in July, still hasn’t played a game. According to Morgan State spokesman Leonard Haynes IV, Hubbard has yet to be cleared by the NCAA and has sat for the Bears’ first six games.
“He would have been eligible here,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after Saturday’s game with IPFW at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Hubbard, 26, who spent nearly four years in prison for his involvement in a 2003 armed robbery, has run into hurdles with the NCAA because he had already enrolled in summer school at Iowa. That makes his transfer to Morgan State more complicated. It’s unclear when the situation will be rectified.
Hubbard left Iowa in mid-July, in the middle of participating in the Prime Time League. The native of Woodbridge, Va., who picked Iowa over Nebraska, Penn State and Iona, cited a desire to play closer to home.
Hubbard did go closer to home. Morgan State is located in Baltimore, Md., just 70 miles from Woodridge.
POSTGAME NOTES. Iowa sophomore forward Melsahn Basabe was limited to just two points for the third straight game. Basabe got two fouls less than 2 minutes in the game and played a total of just 11 minutes.
In the last three games, Basabe has played a total of 47 minutes and attempted just 10 shots. He averaged more than seven shots a game last season while averaging 11 points.
Junior guard Eric May also struggled Saturday, playing 11 minutes and attempting just two shots. His made field goal was a dunk.
“There’s no question,” McCaffery said when asked if May was pressing. “He missed that jumper in the second half. It was a great shot for him. He was done shooting after that. I told him after the game, “Eric, you take good shots for you. You should get angry at yourself if you take a bad shot. He’s moving, moving, moving. He’s got a pull-up jumper at the elbow. He’s been drilling that thing all spring. Gotta shoot it, come back and shoot it again.”
OGLESBY NAILS IT. Iowa was clinging to a precarious 59-56 lead during a time out at the 8:05 mark. McCaffery set up a play specifically for freshman Josh Oglesby, who nailed the 3-pointer.
“I went to him purposely,” McCaffery said. “I have complete confidence in him in that situation. He did exactly what I thought he would do.”
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