Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Hubbard commits to UC

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Jimmy Hubbard sat in the Shoemaker Center stands Sunday night and envisioned himself coming down the court in a Bearcats uniform and nailing a 3-pointer with 13,000 fans “going crazy.”

        “That'd be a great feeling,” the 6-foot-6 forward from Johnson County (Kan.) Community College said.

        It could happen.

        Hubbard said Tuesday he verbally committed to attend the University of Cincinnati during a dinner with coach Bob Huggins on Monday night, just before he returned to Kansas from his official recruiting visit.

        Hubbard, rated among the top 60 junior-college sophomores by, has said he is prepared to play whatever role Huggins asks. He plans to come to Cincinnati in June and spend the summer here.

        “I'm just so excited about it,” Hubbard said. “I can't wait. I've been hoping for this my whole life. Coach (Huggins) seems like the kind of coach I'm going to want to come in there and bust my tail for every day. I know he wants to win. He goes nuts when he loses.”

        That gives UC two recruits. Power forward Jason Maxiell (Carrollton, Texas) signed a national letter of intent in November.


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