Get off his case. It's his life. Do any of you ask anyone else for approval with your careers?
As for will he make it, I hope he does.
There have been well documented cases of the one's that haven't. But there are the one's that have and they didn't scale the same heights in basketball as Hugh.
Current players who were very good junior basketballers, but not as good as Hugh, Chad Wingard, Tomas Bugg, Christian Petracca, Jack Watts, Scott Pendlebury, Todd Goldstein, Jarryd Roughhead,Tom Lynch (Adelaide), Harry Dear, Brodie Grundy, Tom Downie, Brayden Maynard, Dyson Heppel, Jake Stringer, Karl Amon, Reece McKennzie, Mark Pittonet, Zac Clarke, Liam Sumner, Sam Frost, Kurt Tippett, Lin Jong.
All either played in State junior teams, australian Junior teams or the highest level of rep basketabll in their state.
IMO they all probably relised they were never going to make it to the next level in basketball (US College, Europe, NBA, NBL), so chose footy.
Also, Hugh played State Junior Footy for Tassie, was offered an AFL Scholarship before choosing the basketball pathway. So for those that don't know his story, yes it is a surprise, but for those that do and also know the amount of AFL players that have played basketball as juniors to a high level, it's no surprise.