University School of Jackson (Jackson, TN) shooting guard/small forward Clayton Hughes turned in an impressive performance at the ScoutsFocus All-American Camp that took place in Charlottesville June 19-21. Following the camp, the 6’5” rising junior visited UVa.
“I got a chance to meet Coach Bennett and sit down and talk with him. I got to talk with him and Coach Sanchez. Both of them are amazing and really awesome people,” said Hughes, who added: “I got to check out the campus. The campus is really beautiful. I got to look at all the historical stuff and I saw the football field. The basketball court is amazing.”
Western Kentucky offered Hughes a scholarship last week, becoming the first school to do so. Where does the Tennessee native stand with Virginia?
“They said they wanted to watch me play because they’ve been hearing good stuff about me. They want to watch me play first before they are sure they want to offer me,” Hughes replied.
Hughes tentatively plans to attend UVa’s Elite Camp on August 16. Vanderbilt and Tennessee, schools the Tennessee native visited in the days after the UVa experience, are a few other major D1 schools showing interest.
“All of those schools want to watch me play,” said Hughes, who averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game as a sophomore last season. “Vandy and Tennessee, I’m pretty sure from the way they’ve talked, they are really interested and want to offer.”
In addition to Virginia’s Elite Camp, Hughes plans on attending Tennessee’s Elite Camp on August 31 and a Tennessee football game this fall.
“I was born and raised a Tennessee fan, but when it comes to college I’m not biased towards Tennessee,” Hughes said. “Being an in-state guy, it is something I’m thinking about though.”
Hughes’ main focus in July will be playing for Team Thad in Under Armour AAU competitions. He is looking to continue the success he enjoyed at ScoutsFocus.
“I’ve had a really good summer so far,” said Hughes. “Just being able to play with more people watching and getting to see me play, it has been great.”
Check out highlights of Hughes from October of 2013.
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