A 6'5" (1.96 m) shooting guard from Loyola University Chicago, Hughes averaged 17.0 points per game as a freshman, 25.7 as a sophomore, 27.6 as a junior, and 26.3 as a senior at Loyola. Hughes is Loyola's all-time leading scorer with 2,914 points, ranking ninth on the NCAA career scoring list. He holds the school-record for most points scored in a game with 47 against Detroit on Feb. 5, 1985. Hughes was an All-American in 1985 and was a three-time Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year. Hughes' #21 is retired at Loyola.