Solomon Hughes
Solomon Hughes
Player Profile
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Carson, CA

High School:
Bishop Montgomery

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 225

Position:
Forward/Center

Birthdate:
02/28/1979

Experience:
2V

Hughes is a mobile big man who runs the court extremely well and is an active player under the basket has averaged almost a block per game during his career and enters his junior season eighth on Cal's career list with 61 blocks has worked hard on building his strength and stamina participated in the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in Hawaii last August played well down the stretch last season and coaches are expecting similar improvement this year will play this season with his younger brother, Gabriel, who is a freshmen post player for the Bears has shot better than 50 percent from the floor both of his seasons at Cal.

As a Sophomore in 1999-00: Hughes started 16 of 33 games, including the last five of the season Cal's best shot-blocker, he had 36 during the year, which tied for the sixth-highest total in school history shot a team-high 53.2 percent from the floor set a career high in Cal's March 4 game vs. USC with 16 points (8-11 FG) in a season-best 25 minutes of action also had five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals against the Trojans ... reached double figures three other times during the year, starting with 11 points against Boston University Dec. 28 ... added 12 points vs. Davidson Jan. 2 and 10 points and eight boards at Oregon Jan. 13 shot just 36.8 percent from the free throw line (21-57), but that's much higher than the 23.1 percent (9-39) he shot as a freshman had at least two blocks in a game 12 times, with a high of four at home against Washington State received Cal's Most Improved Player Award after the season.

As a Freshman in 1998-99: Hughes led Cal in field goal shooting at 52.4 percent while averaging 3.3 ppg and 2.4 rpg ... ranked second on the Bears with 25 blocks ... had at least two blocks in a game six different times ... scored 10 points on three occasions, first in a win at BYU Dec. 19 ... also set a season best with six boards in the BYU contest ... came back with 10 points in his next game against Eastern Kentucky ... in Pac-10 play, totaled 10 points at Washington in February ... started two games on the season, at USC (5 points, 4 rebounds) and at Arizona (2 points, 4 rebounds) ... played well in Cal's victory over DePaul in the NIT with four points and five rebounds ... also scored 6 points (3-3 FG) in the NIT win over Colorado State ... missed the first three games of the season while waiting on the results of an eligibility appeal with the NCAA ... originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Tulane in the fall of 1996, but never enrolled there, going to Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia for a year instead ... appealed to be released from the letter so he could play at Cal, and his request was granted Dec. 3, 1998 ... made his Cal debut that night against Houston (2 minutes, 1 block), and playing time dramatically increased as the season progressed.

High School: Averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks as a senior at Bishop Montgomery HS in 1996-97 ... received the team's Coaches' Award and served as captain ... best performance came against St. Bernard's HS when he nearly had a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks ... also earned all-league honors in volleyball as a senior graduated from Bishop Montgomery in 1997 before doing a year of post-graduate work at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia in 1997-98.

Personal: Solomon Young Hughes ... born Feb. 28, 1979 in Orange, CA ... parents are Ronald and Barbara Hughes ... father is chair of the Sociology Department at Cal State Fullerton ... older sister, Kisa, played basketball at UCLA, while his sister, Kilee, played volleyball at USC ... chose Cal after considering such schools as Michigan, Florida State, Florida and Massachusetts ... sociology major.

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