Nov. 12, 2009
By Jack Capp
Varsity Athletes Board member
Eddie Hughes is one of the best basketball players to ever play for CSU.
In 1999, CSU Sports Information Director Gary Ozzello said, "He was a phenomenal player."
Eddie played for the Rams from 1979-1982 as the starting guard all four years. He made All-Conference first-team 3 years, All-District team all 4 years, and was named to several All-American teams.
Eddie still holds some CSU records. He has the most steals in a game - 1982 against San Diego State University. He ranks third all time in attempted field goals (1,154), fourth in career steals (112), fifth in career field goals (566), sixth in career assists (366), and seventh in career scoring-1,360. He holds the highest freshman scoring average in CSU history (15.4 points), is second all-time in assists (108), and is third in games started (27). Eddie was inducted into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
Eddie's basketball career did not end at CSU. He was drafted into the NBA by the San Diego Clippers in 1982. Between 1986 and 1992, he played for the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets. While he played for the Utah Jazz in 1987, the Jazz eliminated the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Jazz then played the Los Angeles Lakers to the full seven games in the second round. Eddie played against Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Eddie has not stopped being a leader and has not stopped giving back to others. He is Vice President for Student Services at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. He leads the Multicultural Retention Initiative, working to create a community for participants that actively encourages academic success.
"I'm here to advocate for students of diverse cultural backgrounds, to enhance their college experiences and support them in their efforts to persist in and graduate from college," Hughes said. "Were here to win.".
Pikes Peak Community College is the first community college in Colorado and one of only a handful in the US to implement such a program. Eddie also leads the Emerging Leaders Program and the Multicultural Youth Leadership Initiative.
One of the greatest tributes given to Eddie is from Daniel Bahlen. Bahlen not only graduated from Pikes Peak Community College in 2009 with an Associates Degree in the Arts, he won the 2009 Inspirational Achievement Award. Two years earlier, Daniel was homeless, living underneath bridges and was addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Eddie took Daniel under his wing and told him, "You're going to graduate one day. It doesn't matter where you start, it's all about where you finish."
Bahlen has since returned to his San Carlos Apache Tribe to inspire and help others.
Eddie left behind a great Ram legacy and has taken his dedication, experience and leadership to help others. What a tribute to a great Ram and CSU Hall of Fame member.
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