Frankie Hughes Added to @DuqMBB Roster
July 5, 2017
PITTSBURGH – First-year head men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot announced that University of Missouri transfer guard Frankie Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio/Missouri) has signed a financial aid agreement and will be part of the Duquesne University program this fall.
Hughes, who averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game as a freshman at Missouri, will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018-19.
The 6-4, 195-pounder, who played in 30 of 32 games for the Tigers, was a consensus 3-star recruit out of Garfield Heights (Ohio) High School.
“We’re excited that Frankie is joining us,” said Dambrot. “He’s a Northeast Ohio guy who we’ve known for a long time. Frankie was recruited heavily out of high school and has already competed at a high level in the Southeastern Conference. He’s the type of player who can help us be successful in the Atlantic 10. Frankie is a good offensive player with shooting ability. We’re looking forward to developing his entire game.”
Hughes, who opened the season with 11 straight starts, was the first Tiger to begin a career with back-to-back 20-point games (23 vs. Alabama A&M and a season-high 24 vs. No. 10 (AP) Xavier). The 23 points vs. Alabama A&M tied the Mizzou mark for points by a freshman in a debut set by Steve Stipanovich in 1979-80. His 45 3-pointers on the season were one shy of the Missouri freshman record set by Kareem Rush in 1999-00. Hughes hit five 3-pointers in a game twice (5-of-13 vs. Xavier and 5-of-11 in a 22-point game at Ole Miss).
An Associated Press Division I First Team All-Ohio player as a high school senior, Hughes originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Louisville in November of 2015, before being released and signing with Missouri. He received interest from Minnesota, Wichita State, Dayton, Rhode Island and Saint Joseph’s among others prior to committing to Duquesne.
Hughes is the fifth four-year Division I transfer Dambrot has added to the roster, joining Tavian Dunn-Martin (Akron), Michael Hughes (Akron), Craig Randall II (Memphis) and Marcus Weathers (Miami, Ohio). All five will sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer guidelines.
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