The Roost caught up with former Coastal Carolina point guard Kierre Greenwood last weekend after the NCAA tournament selection show watch party inside The HTC Center to talk about his post-collegiate career and his former team.
Greenwood was a four-year starter for the Chanticleers through last season, helping the team to back-to-back 28-win seasons and two Big South regular-season championships during his time in Conway.
Q: What's the latest with your professional basketball hopes?
Greenwood: "I don't have a deal, but I went over to Russia in December. It was fine, I was playing, but it just turned out it wasn't the best situation for me so I came back. I'm just finishing up my intern[ship] right now, getting my degree, and then hopefully by August to October I'll have another deal on the table to continue to play."
Q: What's your internship?
Greenwood: "Actually, I'm helping out at Carolina Forest coaching, and I'm trying to get lined up with Colin Stevens over at Manzer [Basketball Academy] so I can have an inside [look] at his business and what he goes through as far as skills and training. But also have the understanding of what a high school coach goes through on a daily basis too. I'm trying to get a feel of both worlds."
Q: But you're still hoping to play professionally?
Greenwood: "Oh yeah, definitely, definitely. I feel I'm too young to give up yet."
Q: We're you surprised by the opportunities that were there or how tough it was the first year to catch on?
Greenwood: "I didn't know it would be as tough as it was getting your first deal, but I figured that it would be tough. A lot of the guys I talked to [said] once you get your first deal, it becomes easier. I'm [going to] continue to keep getting better and grow. But I knew it would be tough for me coming out. It keeps you hungry, keeps you aggressive. I'm still sticking with it."
Q: What's it been like watching this Coastal Carolina team? I know you were there last weekend for the Big South championship.
Greenwood: "I don't even know what to say. ... This year these guys started off a little shaky and then did a total 360. They just jelled at the right time. I figured that they would, that they had the pieces."
Q: As a former player, do you feel pride in that to see Coastal make it to the NCAA tournament?
Greenwood: "Oh yeah, definitely. This is only the first year [The HTC Center] has been open. I was here the first year. To see these guys try to keep that tradition going, it's just good for the whole school and the community."
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