ECU picks up first commit of 2016 class

After a three day stay in Greenville, 2016 guard Elijah Hughes has committed to the Pirates.

Elijah Hughes the 6-foot-5, 210-pound versatile guard became the Pirate’s first commit of the 2016 class. During the three day visit, Hughes felt like Greenville would be a perfect for his game.

“It was love at first sight, I felt like it had my name on it, I fell in love with the school, the scenery around it, and there’s a group of good people there,” Hughes said.

On the court Hughes feels like his size gives him the ability to play anywhere and be a problem for the opposing team.

“I’m becoming an elite defender I say, I’m starting to take out the other team’s best guy whether it’s a guard or it’s a big or a guard,” Hughes said. “I’m also a strong guard, I can force a lot of difficulties for defenses, and I feel like I can score in pretty much anyway possible."

Spending the weekend at ECU’s camp, Hughes was able to connect with the current ECU players. Throughout the weekend Hughes was able to talk with them and develop good relationships that added to his certainty that ECU was the right fit.

“It’s really what made me choose the school, how the players connected with me," he recalled. "Like B.J. (Tyson), Caleb (White) and Prince (Williams), we all got too talk a lot."

Last season at Kennedy Catholic High School (NY), Hughes was an All-State selection and the Catholic High School Athletic Association Player-of-the-Year. Hughes averaged 15.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game last season.

Just 45 minutes away from Kennedy high is the city of Beacon, N.Y. the true hometown of ECU’s newest commit.

“A lot of people that are where I’m from in Beacon, this kind of stuff just doesn’t really happen a lot, so I’m just really blessed and fortunate to be in this position,” Hughes said.

The 2016 recruit has already set high expectations for his basketball career at ECU. Hughes said that his main goal is win a national championship at ECU, whether it is in his freshman year or senior year he wants to lead the Pirates to a national title.

Hughes noted that he has put all of his trust in the coaching staff at ECU in helping him to develop into a better player, student athlete and a better person in the long run. The versatile guard is planning on studying sports journalism in ECU’s School of Communications.

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