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Gabriel Hughes Does An About-Face:
Will Return To U.C. Berkeley--(Aug. 19, 2002)

cal-masthead-1.gif (3284 bytes)We were about as surprised as anyone reading this news, and it is indeed good news if you are a Golden Bear fan:    Former Bishop Montgomery standout Gabriel Hughes (6'-10" Jr. C) will return to U.C. Berkeley this week to begin classes, rather than transfer as had been widely expected, according to an official press release issued by the Golden Bears' men's basketball office.  Hughes originally announced in April that he would transfer and asked for, and was granted, his release from the Bears.   Despite receiving a lot of interest from many other programs,  including Rutgers where he reportedly had committed sometime this summer, Hughes evidently came to the realization that many around him were saying was true, i.e., that with the absence of his brother Solomon (who graduated), and former teammate Jamal Sampson gone to the NBA, as well as the fact that Cal was unable to get a commitment from Israeli Yaniv Green, and the additional factor that all of the remaining big men were newcomers, Hughes would have a chance for major minutes.  And he no doubt will.

The return of Gabriel Hughes will now give the Bears a solid inside presence of more than five available big bodies, including two returning players:   returnees Hughes (6'-10") and Amit Tamir (6'-10"),  as well as newcomers David Paris (6'-8"), Rodrique Benson (6'-9"), Brice Prather (6'-9"), and last week's most recent signee, Jordi Jeli (6'-9") from Spain.

Here's the press release on the return of Gabriel Hughes.

Gabriel Hughes to Return to Basketball Team
Center set for junior year with Golden Bears after considering transfer.

Aug. 19, 2002

p-hughes-g.jpg (3861 bytes)BERKELEY - Gabriel Hughes, a 6-10 center who announced last spring that he planned to transfer from Cal, will return to the Golden Bear program for his junior season this year, head coach Ben Braun announced Monday.  

"We are happy to have Gabriel back in our program," said Braun. "I am particularly pleased for Gabe because of the opportunities he has here at Cal. He knows he has a lot of support here. Gabe's experience and desire to contribute are great assets for our program." 

Hughes said he made the decision to return to Berkeley late last week. 

"I looked at the path I wanted to take in my life and asked 'What do I want to do?'" Hughes said. "I decided I wanted to come back home. I have a lot of fans and friends here, and I have two years invested here. I have maintained a lot of friendships at Cal. The players and coaches never gave up on me.

"I wanted to play this year," added Hughes, who would have had to sit out one full season under NCAA rules had he transferred to another Division I school. "I knew I could play here. Sitting out would not have been such a bad thing, but you never know what tomorrow will bring. There are no harsh feelings between Cal and I." 

Hughes averaged 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds last season, while blocking 10 shots and shooting 70.4 percent from the floor. His best game came in a win at Washington State when he scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. As a freshman in 2000-01, Hughes averaged 0.4 ppg and 0.6 rpg in 19 games. 

Cal, which added 6-9 forward Jordi Geli Vilardell from Spain to its roster last week, has now filled its compliment of 13 scholarships. 

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