With the recent addition of Penn transfer Tony Hicks and the naming of Louisville commit VJ King as a McDonald’s All-American, it may have been easy to overlook the other member in the 2016 UofL basketball recruiting class, Frankie Hughes. So, I decided to turn to one of the people who may know Hughes best, his high school coach Sonny Johnson.
The two things that surfaced multiple times during the talk were character and competitiveness, and I think it is safe to say that these two words are therefore the best way to describe Frankie. When asked to describe who Frankie is Coach Johnson said “He is a great kid, high character. Not around negativity.” It makes sense that Rick Pitino would recruit such a kid to join the likes of Snider, Mitchell, Mathiang etc. To go along with high character, Coach Johnson stated how big of a competitor Hughes was, especially on defense.
Frankie Hughes may be best known as a shooter to most, but “he has really been working on putting the ball on the floor and rebounding” Johnson said. Both areas in which Johnson said Frankie has greatly improved. At 6’4”, Hughes has the body of a shooting guard but Coach Johnson stated that he believed Hughes has the ability to play at least some lead guard. Going forward, the biggest thing for Frankie to work on is adding strength, something Louisville Strength and Conditioning Coach Ray Ganong will be able to assist with once Hughes gets on campus.
Hughes is currently averaging 16.4 points on the year for Garfield Heights High School in Ohio.
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