TriCounty Brandon Hughes became the latest in a long line of standout Manual High School basketball players in 1994 when he led the Rams to their first state championship since 1930.
Averaging 20.3 points and shooting .498, Hughes was Manualís "go-to" guy in vital situations and it was his two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining that put down Carbondale 6 1-60 in the title game of the Class AA tournament in Champaign.
He was named to the Mid-State 6 all-conference team, was the Journal Star's Metro Player of the Year and selected to all-state teams by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News Gazette and the Associated Press.
He was also named Male Athlete of the Year by the IHSA Sports Report and honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
He is now attending Barton County Junior College in Kansas.
Brandon Hughes became the latest in a long line of standout Manual High School basketball players in 1994 when he led the Rams to their first state championship since 1930.
|1952 Caterpillar Basketball Team|
This great Caterpillar team won the first of Caterpillar's five AAU titles. The team, coached by Warren Womble, also was a dominant factor in the Olympics in Helsinki as five different players - Marcus Freiberger, Howie Williams, Dan Pippin, Frank McCabe and Ron Bontemps -- and Coach Womble played major roles as the United States won the Gold Medal in basketball. Others who played important roles on that Caterpillar team were Bob Harlow, Bob Schmidt, Bill Dempsey, George Lafferty, and John Brown.