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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMC men’s hoops add forward from Oregon

  • John Hughes joins the 11 players who signed to play for the Golden Eagles during the fall and spring signing periods.
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  • The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team announced the signing of John Hughes (F, 6-5 215, Tualatin, Ore.) to a National Letter of Intent. Hughes joins the 11 players who signed to play for the Golden Eagles during the fall and spring signing periods. Hughes’ signing brings the overall class to 12 incoming players including four junior college transfers, one four-year college transfer and seven high school signees.
    “John is a very hard-working and physical player who is going to be a welcome addition to our program,” said head coach Jeff Oseth. “John is someone who is going to bring a lot of maturity to an otherwise youthful roster.”
    Hughes played last season at Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior for the Griffins. Hughes tallied 15 points and grabbed six rebounds to help Grossmont College upset San Diego City College. He also played outside hitter for the men’s volleyball team for the Griffins. Hughes worked as a firefighter in Oregon prior to coming back to college at Grossmont. He was selected to the Vice President’s list both terms academically at Grossmont College. Hughes will come into UMC as a sophomore eligibility wise.
    He is the son of Stacy Hughes of Boise, Idaho and Nancy Tinker of San Diego, Calif. Hughes plans to major in business management at UMC.
    Hughes joins Ibrahim Cisse (F, 6-6 195, Plymouth, Minn.), Austin Dierks (F, 6-5, Chokio, Minn.), Konner Goettsche (F, 6-6 205, Plymouth, Minn.), Kashif Hayes (G, 5-10 170, Minneapolis, Minn.), Sam Howell (G, 6-3 195, Seattle, Wash.), Alec Koepp (F/C/, 6-7 205, Belle Plaine, Minn.), Giorgi Koguashvili (G, 6-5 190, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia), Kevin Larson (G, 6-2 180, New Ulm, Minn.), Cyrus Moore-Brown (G, 6-1 180, Golden Valley, Minn.), Lucas Reller (G, 6-0 190, Lead, S.D.) and Tyler West Jr. (F, 6-6 200, Portland, Ore.) as members of the 2013-14 signing class. The large incoming class joins five returning members of the team. Seniors Ashton Harrell (G, 6-2 180, Houston, Texas) and Brandon Burns (F, 6-6 230, Baton Rouge, La.) return for UMC, as well as juniors Tomas Parker (F/C, 6-8 245, Pequot Lakes, Minn.) and Tim Lubke (G, 6-3 190, St. Paul Minn.), and sophomore Derrick Redd (G, 6-0 180, Menifee, Calif.). Harrell led the team averaging 10.0 points per game last season while Burns was second on the squad with 9.3 points per contest. The 2012-13 Golden Eagle season was highlighted by an upset victory over No. 22 St. Cloud State University.

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