ST. LOUIS – Two former Billikens, Larry Hughes (men’s basketball) and Don Droege (men’s soccer), were enshrined into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony at the Frontenac Hilton Thursday night.
Hughes scored a school-record 670 points in his lone season with the Billikens in 1997-98. He helped lead SLU to a 22-11 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Hughes was an Associated Press honorable-mention All-American and was selected national Freshman of the Year by four publications. Following his collegiate career, Hughes played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Sixers, Warriors, Wizards, Cavaliers, Bulls, Knicks, Bobcats and Hornets.
Droege played for the Billikens from 1973-76. He was a member of SLU’s NCAA championship team in 1973. In 1975, Droege earned All-America honors as a centerback for the Billikens. He scored nine goals and distributed five assists during his SLU career.
Like Hughes, Droege also went on to enjoy an illustrious professional career. He earned nine caps with the United States National Team and starred in the NASL before finishing his pro career with the St. Louis Steamers.