2017 Intro: Jacob Hughes
One of the most improved players out west in 2017 is Anaheim (Calif.) Servite center Jacob Hughes. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound center was one of the top post performers at the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp. Here’s Scout.com’s eval of Hughes from the event: A 6-foot-11 center from Anaheim Servite, Hughes is a skilled post who has made big strides in his game over the last year. Hughes has soft hands and not only finishes with both hands inside, but can also knock down hook shots with his right and left. He can also step out and hit from midrange. He's a very good post passer and when he receives the ball in the paint, if a double team comes, he'll find the open man. Hughes rebounds well on both ends, but especially on defense. He plays very hard on both sides of the ball and is moving in a good direction. What’s most impressive about Hughes is the fact that he’s as good as he is now, despite being new to the game. “I didn’t play basketball growing up,” Hughes said. “I started in 7th grade. I was never a fan but I was about 6-foot-6 in 7th grade so I decided to give it a try and I fell in love with the game.” Hughes is improving fast, but he still feels like he has a lot of work to do. “On offense I can score with my right and left hook, and my pull-up game is pretty good,” he said. “I think my best thing is defense. I’m trying to be a versatile big man. I want an inside and an outside game along with being really good on defense. “I feel like I’m coming along especially considering how long I’ve been playing. There are still a lot of things to do but I’m getting a lot better.” Early interest has come in from UCLA and Montana, but Hughes is much more concerned with his game than his recruitment. “I just want to be a dominant high school player and we’ll see what happens from there,” Hughes said.
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