McGavock Great Hughes
Has All the Numbers
Take your pick—20 points per game, 2,000
in a career, 32 on the ACT—Marvin Hughes
has some pretty great numbers.
McGavock High head coach
Paul Childress had been
through plenty as a head coach,
but he’d never been through
this: A star player losing his
father on the eve of a regional
quarterfinal playoff game.
And Marvin Hughes isn’t just any
old player for the Raiders, either.
He’s the heart and soul of the team
and district player of the year.
What do you do in that moment,
when the heart of the team is
broken? What do you become when
coach turns to comforter, when
a hug becomes infinitely more
important than a jump shot?
Childress remembers sitting
down to write a letter to
Hughes, his star pupil, equally
commendable for his 20-point
average as his 32-point ACT score.
“I just told him, ‘Son, I don’t
have the answers for you, but I
have the ears,’” Childress said.
“If you need to talk I’m here. I’ve
never been through this. I can’t
tell you you’re gonna need this,
you’re gonna feel this.”
In the aftermath of what was
determined to be a robbery gone
wrong, the Raiders were shattered.
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They gathered at the Hughes’
house to mourn with their brother,
to celebrate his father’s life well
lived. Teachers and friends brought
over food. Childress’ wife works
at a nearby private school; the
headmaster gave the family the
school credit card to eat for a week.
They came together as a
community, basketball both
the closest and furthest thing
from their minds.
“There was a long period of
sadness and confusion,” Childress
said. “The best thing for them was
that we were all together. We