For a second consecutive season, Louisville signee Frankie Hughes has helped guide Garfield Heights to the Ohio high school state semifinals.
On Saturday night, playing at the Wolstein Center, home to the Cleveland State Vikings, Hughes contributed 20 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter of a thrilling 70-69 double overtime time in the Regional final. The win moves Garfield Heights back into the semifinals with a rematch of last seasons semi against Westerville standing between it and the trip to the championship game.
The 6-foot-3 Hughes is averaging 16 points for Garfield Heights.
The three-star guard committed to Louisville in October over scholarship offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penn State, Cleveland State and others. He signed with the Cardinals program during the November signing period.
"Hughes has always been known as a shooter, but this year he has done a bit more of what you would look for from a point guard," a recent Scout.com analysis said of the future Cardinal. "His ball handling has improved, and also he is making much better decisions.
"Even though Hughes was seen as a bit of a reach at the time of his commitment, his development has him looking like someone who could crack the rotation at Louisville early in his career and maybe even developing into a starter before it is all said and done."