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Page 12-The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 15, 1990

HUGHES
Continued from page 9
make his hometown squad.
But over the summer of 1989,
the Pistons acquired veterans David
Greenwood and Scott Hastings.
Hughes became the odd man out, and
had to wait until this summer for
another shot.
Meanwhile, his agent found a
team that could use his skills in
Tours, France, where he became a
star player, averaging 26 points and
14 rebounds a game. He keyed on
his offensive game - shooting from
all areas of the court.
"It was good for me," Hughes
said. "I played hard. I had a lot of
freedom. That's what builds your
confidence."
But then again, it wasn't the
NBA.
"(The competition) is a lot lower
than the NBA, and certainly not at
the Division I level in college," Pis-
tons General Manager Jack Mc-
Closkey said.
But McCloskey went to France
to watch Hughes play, and was im-
pressed enough to sign Hughes to a
two-year contract, guaranteed for a
year and a half.
It took that much to bring
Hughes back to the Pistons' training
camp. When Hughes returned from
France, other NBA teams expressed
some interest in him. He debated
whether to try out for the deep Pis-

ton bench, where he had made a ver-
bal agreement, or to go somewhere
else where his chances to make the
team might be better.
When the Pistons opened their
rookie camp in July, Hughes re-
mained in Ann Arbor. The Detroit
media asked McCloskey why
Hughes did not report to camp.
McCloskey responded: "He's go-
ing around to several places. It's just
a matter of him making a decision."
Said Hughes: "What happened
was I saw them on TV and I read
about it in the paper quite a bit. It
was a situation where it makes me
look pretty bad as far as saying I was
going to do something and then not
doing it. Jack McCloskey called my
agent and ended up hooking us up.
We talked and I came to camp the
next day."
So what's different about this
year? Will he make it or be left out
again?
"The way I see it, the team seems
like they want me on the team this
year," Hughes said. "I think I'm get-
ting a different feel from the players,
the coaches, and the scouts, like I'm
part of the team, like I really belong.
I think I've worked hard for it."
However, the Pistons signed free-
agent Tree Rollins. The 7-foot-1,
11-year veteran will be tough to oust
from the squad, as will Hastings and
William Bedford. Hughes will have
to beat out one of those three play-
ers. A sustained injury to Dennis

Rodman's ankle also could keep
Hughes on the roster temporarily.
"He very definitely has a chance
to make it," Piston coach Chuck
Daly said. "He's got to prove it, be-
cause nobody else I know wants to
give up their minutes. He's going to
have to earn them."

,
Hughes

positive.
"He's a good kid, really a good
kid. We like him," Piston assistant
coach Brendan Suhr said.
Hughes has no past drug prob-
lems like Bedford, he isn't a media
hound like Hastings, and he's not a
veteran who will be upset if he has
to sit like Rollins. Yet, there are
several changes Hughes still needs to
make.
"He's got to make the transition
to the small forward in our league,"
Suhr said. "He's got to be a better
defender. He's got to rebound more
aggressively, and he's got to run the
floor harder.
"He has the ability. If we didn't
think he had the ability we wouldn't
have him here. He can be an NBA
player if he wants to be."
Hughes has always wanted to
play in the NBA, an honor few
achieve, and he understands the sig-
nificance of just being in camp.
"It's something you always look
forward to and dream for, but until
you re actually here, then it's like -
Wow! It's all a dream. You look
down and see you have a Piston uni-
form on, so it's a big deal," Hughes
said.
If Hughes fails this time around,
Grand Rapids of the CBA awaits his
presence. There he will go back,
continue to shoot, and patiently wait
for minutes in the NBA.

Miami sound is a bust
A definite strikeout.
The Miami Sound Machine?
Give me a break.
This Band Corner does not even need to be written. The
complete apathy demonstrated in the student section during the
show proved this was one performance that did not generate much
interest or excitement. The most interesting aspect of this show was
watching the one member pass out different color flags to the flag
bearers.
If you like the music of the Miami Sound Machine, fine. It's a
distinct, unique sound. But don't try and imitate or reproduce it with a
marching band. It just does not come across. The choreography was
strong - especially when the band formed straight lines and create
various geometric shapes. However, while this was appealing to th
eye, the percussion section banged away with some sort of rhythm
and that was ludicrous.
The best aspect of the band's performance came in the pregame
show. Forming a mound of humanity with a Michigan flag flying high
inside was indeed special.
The sad fact: On the day the Michigan football team was
considered the top team in the country, the band didn't even come
close.
- Mike Gill

There are two things about
Hughes that have impressed the Pis-
tons thus far - his body and his of-
fensive skills. Hughes' 235-pound
frame is solidly built and he pumps
iron year round to maintain his
tremendous strength.
Since leaving Michigan, his of-
fensive production increased dramati-
cally. He averaged in double figures
during the Pistons rookie camp, as
he did in France. Last Saturday, in
an exhibition game against the Los
Angeles Clippers, Hughes scored 13
points.
Plus, Hughes' attitude remains

Jon Vaughn re-established himself as a legitimate candidate for the
Heisman Trophy Saturday. He had a big day for the Wolverines, accounting
for 87 percent of Michigan's 191 yards on the ground.
Vaughn's longest carry of the day, a 42-yard jaunt, went for naught as
he was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the Spartan one-yard line.
Vaughn was held scoreless for the first time since the Notre Dame
game, the Wolverines' only other loss this season.
OPPONENT AT YRDS AVG TD LONG

UM M

Notre Dame
UCLA
Maryland
Wisconsin
Michigan St.

22
32
22
15
26

201
288
89
94
162

9.1
9.0
4.0
6.3
6.2

0
3
2
1

24
63
26
35
42

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