Guard Frankie Hughes has entered the NCAA transfer portal with the intention to graduate and transfer from Duquesne, Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed. His departure was first reported by 247 Sports.
Hughes, a 6-foot-4 guard, missed all of the 2019-20 season with a knee injury. With Hughes injured, freshman Maceo Austin and junior Tavian Dunn-Martin dominated the minutes at shooting guard for Duquesne this season. Both of those players are expected to return in 2020-21.
A Cleveland native, Hughes played in all 32 games for the Dukes in 2018-19 and was a key member of their rotation as the team won 19 games in Keith Dambrot’s second season.
In his single season of competition with the Dukes, Hughes made 22 starts and averaged 25.3 minutes per game. He scored 8.9 points and grabbed 2.2 rebounds per game on average while shooting 33.9% from the field.
Hughes transferred to Duquesne from Missouri in 2017, coming to the program shortly after Dambrot was hired, and had to sit out the 2017-18 season.
Duquesne graduated just one player at the end of the 2019-20 season — forward Baylee Steele — so Hughes’ departure will help free a scholarship for Dambrot’s three-player incoming recruiting class.