The Perth Wildcats have signed former University of New Mexico college star and Australian guard, Hugh Greenwood, to a three-year agreement.
The 23-year-old recently completed his college career with UNM — the former home of Australian basketball legend Luc Longley and current Australian Chicago Bull, Cameron Bairstow.
In his most recent season, Greenwood’s defensive efforts and sharp three-point shooting earned him the title of Lobos co-MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
Statistically, he averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in 2014/15.
The Tasmanian, who stands 6-feet, 2 1/2 inches, and weighs in at 202 pounds, has been touted as a future NBA player and recently completed a workout with the Utah Jazz — where his shooting and high basketball IQ impressed coaches.
Greenwood said the Wildcats coaching staff and elite facilities were an important factor when choosing where to play.
“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. The biggest thing for me was finding somewhere as good as UNM,” he said.
Greenwood is also chasing a spot on the Australian Boomers roster ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.