Eyes on the Prize

Steven Hubbell is set to transfer and continue his basketball career

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As the men’s basketball season comes to a close, the first team All-Conference point guard and second-year player Steven Hubbell looks to life after Glendale Community College (GCC) as he plans his next chapter. Hubbell plans to transfer to a four-year university and continue his basketball career while getting a degree in business marketing. He could not confirm the school he will be attending because he has yet to make a final decision, but expressed excitement about the future.  

Hubbell grew up not too far from GCC in Burbank, where he starred as a varsity quarterback and starting point guard for John Burroughs High School. As a multi-sport athlete in high school, the now 21-year-old point guard felt that being able to lead by example in both sports had made him a better basketball player and teammate. Football and basketball translated so well for the sophomore as they can be attributed to his play making ability and being able to create something out of nothing.   

“Making reads during a play is similar to a point guard running an offense,” Hubbell said. “Seeing what the defense gives you on a set play.”

Hubbell’s love for the game began as a three-year-old, shooting hoops in his backyard, to eventually playing organized basketball at the local YMCA at the age of six. Hubbell says his family was very supportive throughout the years, being at every game and cheering from the sidelines. To this day, as games carry him further and further to different cities, his family still makes every effort to be in attendance.

Hubbell started learning and playing basketball before most players do. The athlete’s dad, Darren Hubbell, played and coached basketball at the college. Hubbell Sr. even received the “Most Improved Player” award in back-to-back seasons while playing between 1984 and 1986. Hubbell Sr. even made his way back to GCC to coach in 1997 until 2000. Hubbell Jr. took advantage and learned from the benches at a young age as his dad coached the Vaqueros. This experience is something he says he will cherish for years to come.

During his final season at GCC, Steven Hubbell was tasked with leading the team, as he was the only returning player from the previous year. It was the 21-year-old’s turn to make his mark, as his father did before. Despite the season having its ups and downs, the young athlete felt that the team ended on a good note. He hopes everyone on his team and those who aspire to continue playing basketball, will still have the opportunity next season with GCC or a four-year university. Hubbell finished the year earning first team All-Conference honors, continuing his father’s legacy and establishing his own.

The path to success is far from over, as there is still more to write for Steven Hubbell’s story. Basketball is something he plans on playing for years to come, as he is set to transfer this year. The motto he lives by, is perhaps the reason this point-guard will have an immediate impact on his future team.

Kobe Bryant once said, “I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.” This has become a philosophy that many basketball players have adopted, including Hubbell.  

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