Liam Hughes, 7-1 JR C Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian, is a promising big man with developing skills. A transplant from England, Hughes has shown steady progress in the last couple years and, in time, he has a chance to be very effective at the high major level.
Hughes is not especially skilled with the ball just yet, but he's aggressive, has decent hands, plays hard and shows a willingness to be coached. He's learning to keep the ball high when rebounding and he's cut down on his turnovers. Hughes will be a project in college, but after a couple years of development (he needs a redshirt year) and weight training, he should be a significant contributor at a high major.
Hughes isn't real comfortable speaking about his college decision, so we spoke with a couple Modesto Christian assistants at the Slam N Jam spring league. They told us that Oregon, Cal and Gonzaga visited with Hughes at the Modesto Christian campus during the recent contact period. They also said most of the Pac-10 is showing interest in Hughes, along with several others schools around the country.
Hughes is apparently a very good student, as he reportedly scored over 1200 on his SAT.