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Hughes graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1991 and afterwards attended Thomas More College. He was a four-year standout while at TMC during the 1992-1996 seasons. He is the only player in the now defunct conference (AMC) to have been the Rookie of the Year, a four-time Player of the Year, a four-time Conference First Team Selection, a three-time Tournament MVP, a four-time Tournament First Team selection and a four-time scoring leader. Hughes was also a Division 3 All-American during his junior and senior seasons. He left Thomas More as the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,605 points, and currently holds ten additional records. In 2002, Hughes was selected to Thomas More College's Hall of Fame.
Not drafted as a senior, Hughes was forced to go the free agent route, earning a spot with the Phoenix Suns for the Summer Pro League in Los Angeles. Eventually, Rick went to Cyprus and excelled for his first professional season. He averaged over 26 points and 13 rebounds, once again garnering interest from the NBA, this time from the Atlanta Hawks. With the lockout looming, Hughes went back overseas; this time to Lebanon. For the 1998-1999 season, Hughes averaged over 36 points and 15 rebounds.
After a stint with the Dallas Mavericks, he went back to Europe in January 2000 and began the next step in his career. Having played in Cyprus, Lebanon, Italy, Spain and France, Hughes has won multiple titles, promotions to higher divisions, and MVP awards along with numerous scoring titles, showing his ability to adapt and compete at an advanced age.
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