Aggie head coach Mark Trakh is very familiar with Aarika Hughes after recruiting her to
play for him at the University of Southern California. They spent three seasons
together in Los Angeles from 2007-09. Hughes graduated in 2010 with a degree in
Hughes spent much of the past year in her home state of
Oregon coaching an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) squad named Team Concept, based
The 6-2 guard/forward was a proven 3-point threat for the
Women of Troy who could also play in the post and crash the boards. Hughes
finished her career with the fifth-best single-season 3-point field goal
percentage of 40.9 when she drained 18-of-44 from beyond the arc in 2007-08
During her 2009-10 senior campaign at USC, Hughes started 30
of 31 games for the Women of Troy, averaging 26.4 minutes per game. Hughes averaged 7.0 points and 5.1
rebounds per game in her final season. She was second on the team in rebounds,
third in points scored and third in 3-point field goals made as a senior. The
four-year letterwinner led the team in scoring twice and was the leading
rebounder on nine occasions.
Hughes was a team captain as a junior and appeared in all 32
games with 18 starts.
She led the team in defensive rebounds with 3.8 per game
while averaging 4.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game.
Hughes opened the season with back-to-back, double-digit rebounding efforts
with 11 and 13 vs. Charlotte and Milwaukee, and was named to the Wolfpack
Invitational All-Tournament Team for her efforts. She led team in rebounding in
As a sophomore, Hughes battled a foot injury while appearing
in 18 games. She averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and led the team
in 3-point shooting percentage, going 18-of-44 (.409) to lead the team. During her freshman season, Hughes
started once and played in 18 games as a true freshman but was sidelined for 12
games with a stress fracture in her foot, returning on Jan. 18. Hughes averaged 2.6 points and 1.4
rebounds per game and played 13.2 minutes per game in her first season at USC.
At Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore., Hughes lost
only five games in three years. She averaged 10 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.9 spg as a
senior to help Southridge win the 4A state title and finish the season ranked
No. 6 in the nation by USA Today. As a
junior, Hughes averaged 12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 spg and 2.4 apg, when Southridge
went 29-0, won the state title and finished ranked No. 22 in the nation.
Hughes was named to the All-Oregon 4A first team by the Portland
Oregonian and recognized with All-Oregon 4A
State Tournament first team honors in 2006. She also received All-State first
team honors in 2005 and second team honors in 2004. Additionally, Hughes was
invited to the U.S. Under-20 National Team Trials while at Southridge.