James Hughes
Full Name: James Hughes
Position: Center
Height/Weight: 6-11 / 215
Birthdate: October 30, 1983 (Peoria, Ill.)
High School: East Moline United (Silvis, Ill.)
College: Northern Illinois
 

Northern Illinois
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2003-04 30 14 57 94 .606 33 48 .688 0 0 101 8 4 53 147 4.90
2004-05 28 8 109 196 .556 45 68 .662 0 0 136 7 3 53 263 9.40
2005-06 25 18 103 177 .582 33 62 .532 0 0 91 5 8 40 239 9.60
2006-07 30 24 145 246 .589 72 95 .757 0 0 174 10 12 62 362 12.1
Totals 112 63 414 713 .580 183 274 .667 0 0 502 30 27 208 1011 9.10

Career Highlights: Became the 27th player in Northern Illinois history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Named to the Mid-American Academic All-Conference Team. NIU record-holder in blocks with 208. Named MAC Defensive Player of the year in 2005-06. NIUís career field goal percentage leader (.576).

Senior (2006-07): Averaged 12.1 points, and led the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg). Scored in double figures 17 times and scored 20 or more seven times, including a career-high 27 points in a loss to Georgia Southern. Had three double-doubles. Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds in a loss to Toledo. Tied a career-high with six blocks in a game three times and five blocks once.

Junior (2005-06): Averaged 9.6 points, and set the NIU single-season record for field goal percentage (.582). Led the team and the MAC in blocks (1.6 bpg). Scored in double figures 13 times. Had a season-high 18 points twice against North Dakota State and Ball State. Blocked five shots in a game three times.

Sophomore (2004-05): Averaged 9.4 points, and scored in double figures 13 times. Led the team and MAC in blocks (1.9 bpg). Finished second in rebounding (4.9 rpg), with a season-high nine rebounds against Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Had a season-high 18 points twice in games against Wright State and Bowling Green. Had five blocks in the season finale against Buffalo.

Freshman (2003-04): Set school record for blocks as a freshman with 53 and finished second in the MAC (1.8 bpg). Tied the NIU record with six blocks in a game twice against Eastern Illinois and Miami (OH).

Strengths: Slender big man with length, bounce, running ability and a decent scoring package. Will contest shots from the weak side.

Personal: Son of Ernest and Barbara Chambers. Has one brother and sister.

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