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Frankie Hughes signs with Missouri, will play college ball with high school teammate Willie Jackson

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"Bringing someone with Frankie's ability and attitude into our program is very exciting," Anderson said. "He comes from an outstanding program at Garfield Heights where he competed and won on the biggest stage in the state of Ohio. We feel Frankie's skillset can make an impact with our program. Most of all, he comes from a great family and is a young man who I think Mizzou fans will enjoy getting to know.

"Frankie will join his high school teammate and longtime friend, Willie Jackson, here at Mizzou. We're really looking forward to having both of those young men on campus this summer."

As a senior in 2015-16, Hughes averaged 19.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs, leading head coach Sonny Johnson's squad to a strong 23-5 record and a second consecutive state semifinals appearance. Hughes was recognized to's boys basketball All-Star team for his efforts.

The Trib: Missouri announces signing of Garfield Heights guard Hughes

Hughes, who averaged 19 points and five rebounds as a senior while helping Garfield Heights reach the state semifinals, had signed a letter of intent with Louisville in November, but he and the school agreed to part ways last month and he was released from the letter of intent.

Missouri was quick to show interest as it looked to bolster a backcourt that has lost guards Wes Clark, Namon Wright and Tramaine Isabell since February. Hughes is expected to compete for time at shooting guard but also gained some experience running the point during his time at Garfield Heights.

He and Jackson will be the first pair of high school teammates to enroll at Missouri at the same time since Stefan Jankovic and Negus Webster-Chan arrived from Huntington Prep in 2012.

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Hughes and Jackson were walking the halls of their high school — Garfield Heights High School in Cleveland — when they saw each other and made extended eye contact. Without speaking, Jackson told his high school teammate that "it was time" for Hughes to consider joining Jackson at Missouri.

Less than a month after Hughes' decommitment from Louisville, Hughes decided to follow Jackson's non-verbal cue. After visiting Columbia this past weekend, Hughes signed with the Tigers on Wednesday. Both Hughes and Jackson join a Missouri team that has lost three guards in the past two months and will need help from its young players during the 2016-17 season.

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