April 13, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. --- New Mexico Lobo head men's basketball coach Steve Alford has announced that Hugh Greenwood, a 6-3, 209 pound international student from Hobart, Australia has signed a national letter of intent. Greenwood is the second signee for the 2011-12 season, joining Dominique Dunning, who signed in November out of Corona Centennial High School in California.
Greenwood becomes the fourth Aussie to sign with the Lobos, and the second in two years out of the Australian Institute of Sport. Greenwood follows in the footsteps of Aussies Luc Longley (1987-91) from Perth, Ryan Kersten (2005-07) from Modbury Heights, and Cameron Bairstow of Brisbane, who will be a teammate of Greenwood. Bairstow also is a product of the AIS.
Greenwood was the youngest player to attend, and is the longest serving athlete in the history of the Australian Institute of Sport. He is currently the AIS captain. Greenwood has played over 50 International Games for Australia including winning five gold and two bronze medals. His international experience is astounding as he has traveled and played in the United States, Italy, France, Taiwan, China, Germany, Guam and New Zealand.
"It's great to get an elite guard of this caliber," said Lobo head coach Steve Alford. "Hugh brings a wealth of international experience, including gold medals. He was the youngest player to ever play for Australia's Senior Team, and he will be in the running for their Olympic team in 2012. He is an exciting guard that will help fill a need that we have for next year, and he should be able to contribute right away for us."
This past year he played for the Australian Under 19 Team, where he served as captain during the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. He served as the Aussie captain and was an all-tournament selection as the Australian's won the gold medal, defeating a pair of German squads in the semifinals and finals in front of heavy pro-German crowds in Mannheim, Germany. Greenwood helped his squad to the gold medal as the only undefeated squad in the 16-team event.
He also played for the Australian Senior National Team in a three-game series vs. Argentina, and he averaged 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in Australia's FIBA Oceania qualifying series against New Zealand.
In 2009 he played for the Australian Under 17 team, serving as captain and helping his squad to the gold medal of the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, averaging 14.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. At age 17, he was one of the youngest players ever picked for the Australian Senior Team. He also played for the Australian Under 19 team in several tournament, including a Tour of France , the 4 Nations Tournament in Melbourne, and the Under 19 FIBA World Championships (New Zealand). He earned the Basketball Australia Junior Player of the Year Award and competed with AIS on a tour of Italy
"He is an exciting guard that will help fill a need that we have for next year, and he should be able to contribute right away for us."
--- Steve Alford
He was the youngest player to ever debut for the Boomers, Australia's Senior Team squad that won the Stankovic Cup in China in 2009. In that tournament the Boomers defeated Turkey, China and Angola on three straight days in round robin play, and then again defeated Turkey in the title match 69-52.
He has been named Basketball Australia's junior Male Player of the Year and was captain of the national team that won gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Greenwood comes from an athletic family, as his father played water polo, and his mother played basketball. His junior club team was the Grenadiers. His birthday is March 6, 1992. Along with basketball, Hugh played two years of junior State Australian Rules football for Tasmania.