In recent years the Australian Football League has taken a harder look at college basketball for talent, with the height and athleticism of some players being a good fit for the sport. Former Morehead State forward Jason Holmes saw action at the AFL’s highest level earlier this season as a ruckman, and by many accounts he’s played well for the St. Kilda Football Club.
Thursday night it was announced that former New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood has signed a two-year contract with Adelaide, thus returning to the sport he played as a teenager prior to joining the UNM program. After completing his career at New Mexico, Greenwood spent some time with the Utah Jazz’s summer league team.
Greenwood has experience playing Australian rules football, and he was good enough to earn a scholarship from the Australian Institute for Sport in both basketball and football according to Adelaide’s release. That experience, which college basketball players who have made the switch in recent years, should help with his transition to the game as a professional.
“It’s really tough. This is not how I wanted to go out,” Greenwood said to reporters. “Having said that, there’s still three games left then the Mountain West Conference Tournament. … We’re confident moving forward. I think with the success we’ve had the last three years, this is just something we’re not used to. I think with a lot of guys coming in here for the first time, I don’t think it means as much as it should. They don’t understand what Lobo basketball is about and it’s about winning and competing and playing for championships. … That’s what I said to the fellas, it’s got to mean something to them.”
Obviously some pointed comments from a senior about some of the younger players on the team. It also hurts the Lobos that two older players in Cullen Neal and Jordan Goodman have missed a lot of practice time this season. Those two rotation guys in practice and the lineup would have surely picked up the intensity, but it’s been a tough season for the Lobos as they sit at 14-13 and 6-9 in the Mountain West.
New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood had a postgame interview go viral after he credited his 22 point performance — and first dunk in three years – in a win at UNLV on a person on twitter that made vile jokes about his mother, who is battling breast cancer.
The best part of that story has turned out to be the postscript.
Greenwood operates something called the Pink Pack Fund, which is essentially a way for people to donate money to cancer research at the University of New Mexico. Prior to the UNLV game, there was $7,729 in that fund. As of Monday morning, a New Mexico spokesperson told NBCSports.com, there was $24,779, which includes a $10,000 donation that came in from the Governor of the state last week.
If you do the math, Greenwood’s postgame interview generated enough conversation about his mom that he had already doubled the amount of money that had been donated to the Pink Pack Fund by the time the Governor made her donation.
$17,000 in donations for calling a twitter troll out on TV.