Monday, July 11, 2011
New Mexico's incoming Australian shines
By Diamond Leung
New Mexico signee Hugh Greenwood will be one of the top incoming players in the American college game next season, and his arrival in Albuquerque will be highly anticipated after his strong performance in the FIBA Under-19 World Championships.
Australia finished sixth after Greenwood's desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed to give the United States the win on Sunday, but against top American players, his stats should excite a New Mexico coaching staff that will give him every opportunity to be the starting point guard.
Greenwood had 26 points on 10-for-23 shooting, making six 3-pointers and collecting six rebounds and five assists. For the tournament, he averaged 17.1 points, 2.6 assists and four rebounds.
"For Hugh to make First Team All-Tournament is an incredible honor," New Mexico coach Steve Alford said in a statement.
"His experience at the FIBA U-19 World Championships will certainly benefit him down the road."
The 6-foot-3 Greenwood could fit right into the New Mexico starting lineup after Dairese Gary completed his eligibility. The Lobos already have a top shooting guard in Kendall Williams and also are getting Arizona State transfer Demetrius Walker eligible. They should have enough to be a top contender for the Mountain West Conference championship.
Here's Greenwood in action from earlier in the FIBA tournament: