The Santa Barbara Breakers of the West Coast Professional Basketball League announced that October 2008 signee Gabriel Hughes has signed with the Los Angeles DFenders of the NBDL, the NBA’s developmental league.

Hughes, 7’0, 260 pounds is a 2003 graduate of the University of Cal-Berkeley. He has played overseas in Romania, Spain, UAE and Japan.

Hughes recently played for the Breakers averaging 12 point, 10 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contests during the 2008 fall season. On January 6th, 2009, he started for the DFenders against the Utah Flash, the Utah Jazz’s NBDL affiliate team. in only his second game. He will share center duties with Breakers center, Rashid Byrd. Byrd, who was named WCBL Defensive Player of the Year 2008, has been with the DFenders since training camp and logging quality minutes through their first 16 games.

Both Hughes and Byrd plan to play for the Breakers when the WCBL 2009 season begins April 25.