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New Mexico Basketball: Breaking down Hugh Greenwood

Although his senior season did not go the way he wanted Hugh Greenwood still made a big impact on and off the court.

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Going in to 2014-15 Hugh Greenwood knew he was going to have to take on a new role. In the first three seasons of his career he played with professional level players like Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk, Tony Snell and Cameron Barstow; three of which have had stints in the NBA this year. During those year Hugh was the Glue guy he was not asked to be the focal point of the offense. The formula worked Greenwood and the Lobos won two Conference titles and Three Mountain West  tournament titles.

After losing over 65 percent of their scoring from the 2013-14 season the Lobos would be forced to relay Hugh and Cullen Neal to carry the Lobos. Cullen would be the point guard and the distributor and Hugh would be free to find his own offense. Everything changed when Neal was injured after the third game Greenwood would be forced back to a familiar role as a distributor but with a young team he would also have to be a scorer. This would be prove to be a difficult task for Greenwood who came into the season averaging only 6.5 points per game over his career. Greenwood ended the 2014-15 scoring 11.6 points per game but his field goal percentage dropped to .341 percent.

Greenwood once again was the Lobos leader and he tried to put the team on his back but with so many in experienced players it was hard for him and the team to win. A turning point in the season was against Wyoming in Laramie when he threw and errant pass that led to a Larry Nance game winning dunk. Even though he scored 23 points in that game the loss dropped the Lobos out of first place contention and also began the freefall that was New Mexico's season. From that point on the Lobos only won two games finishing the season below .500.

Despite the losing record Greenwoods senior season was still a success he made a big impact for the Lobos on and off the court. He made and epic statement  when he went off for 22 points on six three pointers willing the Lobos to a win and then calling out a social media troll from comments that where made about his mom. He started a foundation called the Pink Pack that has raised money and awareness for Local Breast Cancer Research. After the season participated in a 24 dance off to raise money for a local children's hospital, Greenwood is a selfless player that gave his all on and off the court.

He was once again named to the conferences All Mountain West Team, earned conference academic honors, was presented with the Lobo Outstanding Ambassador Award, and was the team's Bob King co-MVP award winner. So what's next for the man that led the Lobos to five championships, three NCAA tournaments and countless wins, a player whose impact off the court was as big as the one on the court?

Greenwood has signed with an agent and has moved to Las Vegas to practice with Impact Basketball and while odds are he will not have his name called during the NBA Draft he will likely get a chance to play in the NBA Summer League the same league that former Lobo Alex Kirk competed in last summer and worked his way into an NBA contract. If he is not in an NBA camp next year there is always the NBDL, Europe or NBL in his home country of Australia. Greenwood will likely participate in this summer's World University Games with the aspirations of making his country team for the 2016 Olympics. What ever Greenwood does from this point on in the eyes of Lobo fans he will always be remembered as one of the great Lobos not because of his stats or his records but because of his impact on the program and the community.