His dream still has the letters NBA in it.
But whether or not that lofty ambition becomes a reality, former UNM Lobo guard Hugh Greenwood now knows he will have a pretty solid job lined up back home.
Greenwood and the Perth Wildcats, a professional team in the National Basketball League in Greenwood’s native Australia, have agreed to a three-year contract.
Although financial details of the agreement were not disclosed, it was reported by Damian Arsenis of PickandRoll.com.au, a site that follows Australian basketball players around the world, that there are out clauses for the NBA and top European professional leagues for the 23-year-old Greenwood.
On the Wildcats website — www.wildcats.com.au — Greenwood said he was looking for a place to play that had facilities as good as those at UNM, where he was a four-year starter for the Lobos.
“The Perth Wildcats are just as good, if not better, than the University of New Mexico in terms of its professionalism, its facilities, its coaching staff and its fan base,” Greenwood said in a quote posted on the team website.
Attempts by the Journal to reach Greenwood and his agent, Michael Oakes of Mummu Athlete Management, on Sunday were unsuccessful.
“The biggest thing for me was finding somewhere as good as UNM,” Greenwood said. “Wildcats fans can expect to see a guy who’s going to come out and play hard. Perth is known for its defence (sic) and I’ll definitely bring that, but I’ll also bring a bit of versatility, I’m able to knock down shots, create plays, and make my teammates better.”
Greenwood has been living and training in Las Vegas, Nev., the past month in preparation for both his professional career and in playing later this summer for Australia in the World University Games, where former Lobo Cameron Bairstow blossomed two summers ago launching his breakout senior season at UNM that eventually landed him as a second round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls.
Greenwood, who hopes to play for Australia in the 2016 Olympics, will play now for Perth head coach Trevor Gleeson, an assistant on the Boomers national team. Another assistant on Australia’s national team is former Lobo great Luc Longley while Bairstow is already a member of the Boomers top team.
DEDE’S DOINGS: Greenwood’s fellow senior teammate this past season, Deshawn Delaney, is back in Albuquerque this week to help work the skills camp of his former head coach, Craig Neal. But next month, as has been reported, Delaney will be playing for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev.
He told the Journal on Sunday his injured right hand — broken in a practice the final week of the regular season — is healed and he’s looking forward to playing in both summer league games and beginning a professional career overseas next season.
GOING CAMPING: The Craig Neal skills, shooting and team camps are scheduled for the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday morning in the Rudy Davalos Center.
Several current and former Lobos will be working the camps. Information on the camps can be found at CoachCraigNeal.com.
Former Lobo and current Chicago Bull Cameron Bairstow will hold his first basketball skills camp at UNM later this month (June 26-28), also with several former Lobos participating in running the camp. Information on that camp can be found at CameronBairstowCamp.com.