Tasmanian NBL team could drive Hugh Greenwood's basketball return
In an interview with The Mercury’s Adam Smith, Greenwood confirms his interest in returning to basketball is still very much present.
“I have always said I would love to play basketball one day, and the best-case scenario would be to play in Tasmania,” Greenwood said.
“Whether that’s with the Chargers or whether that’s with a new Tassie NBL team, that remains to be seen, but it’s no secret that whenever I’m done [with AFL] that will be what I plan to do.
“I’d also love to go into a playing-coaching mentor role, my dream is to come back and play basketball and to do that in Tasmania would be incredible.”
Greenwood, who switched codes from basketball to footy after an impressive college career with the University of New Mexico and representing Australia, was originally committed to the Perth Wildcats in 2015. He requested to be released, and was eventually picked up by the Adelaide Crows.
The Tasmanian guard also shared that the theoretical presence of an NBL team in Tasmania following his college years, would have very much locked his commitment into basketball back then.
The NBL’s focus on establishing a tenth NBL team that will be situated in Tasmania, could reap unexpected benefits by reversing the trend, and incentivising the return of basketball players that had switched codes to Australian rules football, which includes athletes like Greenwood and Tom Wilson.