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Greenwood returns to basketball

HUGH Greenwood hasn’t been lost to basketball after all!

Greenwood was bound for an NBL career with Perth Wildcats as Damian Martin’s original “heir apparent” before swapping his sneakers for footy boots, joining the AFL’s Adelaide Crows.

But the NBL has pounced on the former star college baller, adding him to the television commentary team for the 2018-19 Hungry Jack’s season.

Multiple NBL championship-winner and MVP Chris Anstey, former Hawks forward Oscar Forman, ex-Taipan Mark Worthington and Bullets stalwart Simon Kerle also join returning colour commentators Corey Williams, Shane Heal, Shawn Redhage, Steve Carfino, Cam Tragardh and Brad Rosen.

All four new faces (voices?) have enjoyed highly successful careers at a number of clubs. Anstey, who also played NBA with Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, playing NBL for Melbourne Tigers, South East Melbourne Magic and Victoria Titans.

Forman won a championship at Adelaide 36ers before crossing to New Zealand Breakers and concluding his career at The Gong with Illawarra Hawks.

Worthington has been a Sydney King, South Dragon, Melbourne Tiger, a Melbourne United MVP who completed his NBL journey in Cairns with the Taipans.

And Kerle was one of the league’s most controversial figures, playing at Brisbane Bullets, Westside Melbourne Saints and its evolution into Southern Melbourne Saints, South East Melbourne Magic, Geelong Supercats and Townsville Crocodiles, before completing the round trip back to Brisbane.

These men all should bring something exciting to the commentary on FOX SPORTS and Nine.

Greenwood isn’t the only new face from the AFL, with Port Adelaide AFL premiership captain Warren Tredrea also in the FOX/Nine mix. Who knows what happened to Josh Jenkins?

The NBL will produce more than 440 hours of television during the season with games broadcast around the world, including the USA, China, Africa, India, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

“With our broadcast partners, FOX SPORTS, Nine and SKY NZ, we are committed to delivering the biggest and best coverage to fans wherever they may be watching around Australia and across the world,” league CEO Jeremy Loeliger said.

“We have assembled a fantastic commentary team consisting of a number of former NBL and NBA players, outstanding commentators and added the likes of Hugh Greenwood who had a distinguished junior career and will bring another perspective to the game.”

Tasmanian-born Greenwood was pursued by the 36ers before he left for the US and played college basketball at Luc Longley’s alma mater at University of New Mexico.

Basketball Australia's Junior Male Player of the Year in 2008, he was part of the Australian Boomers squad for 2009 at the tender age of 17 years and four months.

Averaging 17.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for the Australian Emus at the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Latvia, he was named in the championship’s All Star Five.

Post-college and after a pre-draft workout with Utah Jazz, Greenwood headed to the Wildcats but was lured to football where he steadily has established himself as a star of the Crows’ midfield.

Matt Russell, John Casey, Dwyane Russell, Anthony Hudson, Paige Cooper, Seb Costello, Nathan Strempel, Liam Santamaria, Lachy Reid, Sam Squires, Alison Ariotti and Rob Canning also will be part of the commentary team, with Andrew Mulligan and Casey Frank heading up the SKY NZ team responsible for NZ Breakers home game coverage.

All matches will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS, with two games a week broadcast live on 9GO! and all games also live on NBL TV and available on catch-up on 9NOW at the conclusion of each round.

The NBL regular season tips off tomorrow night with New Zealand Breakers v Brisbane Bullets at Spark Arena at 5pm AEDT and Adelaide 36ers v Perth Wildcats at Titanium Security Arena at 7.50pm AEDT.

Both games will be live on FOX SPORTS, as will:

Friday October 12
Illawarra Hawks v Melbourne United, WIN Entertainment Centre, 7.30pm AEDT FOX SPORTS

Saturday October 13
Sydney Kings v Adelaide 36ers, Qudos Bank Arena, 2.30pm AEDT FOX SPORTS, 9GO!
Brisbane Bullets v Cairns Taipans, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 7.30pm AEDT, FOX SPORTS

Sunday October 14
Melbourne United v New Zealand Breakers, Melbourne Arena, 2.30pm AEDT, FOX SPORTS, 9GO!
Perth Wildcats v Illawarra Hawks, RAC Arena, 5pm AEDT FOX SPORTS

LONG OVERDUE: Chris Anstey, now joining the NBL commentary team.

Oct 10

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