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Off-season catch up… with Nick Kay

By Jarrod McGrouther for hawks.com.au This edition of our pre-season catch up features new recruit Nick Kay, the 2015/16 NBL Rookie of the Year who joins the Hawks on a two-year deal. We caught up with Nick to discuss his mammoth drive from... Read More

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Catching up with the imports, get to know the names

By Jarrod McGrouther for hawks.com.au WHEN you hear the word import, what is the first thing that appears in your mind?... Read More

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Hawks crowned pre-season champions

The Illawarra Hawks have won the inaugural Australian Basketball Challenge in Brisbane with a fourth-quarter clinic to... Read More

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Hawks power past the defending champs 98-77

The dynamic backcourt of Rotnei Clarke and Marvelle Harris has already proved a winner as the Hawks ran rings around a... Read More

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Hawks take down the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 123-75 in Brisbane

The Illawarra Hawks awoke from a heavy first-half slumber to torch the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 123-75, getting their... Read More

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  • DOB July 20, 1989 Hometown Verdigris, Oklahoma Position Guard Height 183cm Weight 83kg High School / College Verdigris High School / University of Arkansas / Butler University Favourite NBA Team Oklahoma City Thunder Favourite Basketball Shoe Kobe's

    Rotnei Clarke

    Guard

    #15

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    Career Highlights

    NBL Most Valuable Player for the 2013/14 season.

    Had a stellar high school career, being the All-time leading scorer in Oklahoma High School history.  He attended Arkansas University from 2008-2011 before asking to be transferred to Butler University.

    Clarke has spent time in Belgium and Germany plying his trade.

    Stats Highlights
    His career high came when he was playing for the Hawks against the Sydney Kings when he had 39 points. In his MVP season in the NBL he averaged 21.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

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  • DOB August 3, 1992 Hometown Tamworth, NSW Position Forward / Centre Height 206cm Weight 106kg High School / College Newington / Metro State Favourite NBA Team Denver Nuggets Favourite Basketball Shoe Kobe's

    Nick Kay

    Forward / Centre

    #11

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    Career Highlights
    Attended Metro State University from 2011-2015, playing 132 games. He fell just one game short of the all time games record, held by Mark Worthington. He was also fourth in rebounds, fifth in scoring and ninth in blocked shots on his school’s all time lists.

    Was a part of the Under 19 Australian National Team in 2010.

    Won the 2015/16 NBL Rookie of the Year Award.

    Stats Highlights
    Finished third in offensive rebounds per game in last seasons (2015/16) NBL.

    Set his NBL career high for both points and rebounds in the same game when he recorded a stat line of 24 points and 15 rebounds against the Illawarra Hawks on 6/2/2016. He also had 15 rebounds in the game before only four days earlier.

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  • DOB April 1, 1993 Hometown Townsville (The Ville) Position Guard Height 187cm Weight 91kg Favourite NBA Team Boston Celtics Favourite Basketball Shoe Kobe VI

    Mitch Norton

    Guard

    #8

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    Career Highlights
    Norton attended the AIS in 2011 before being picked up by the Townsville Crocodiles as a development player in the same year.

    Has represented Australia at the Under 17 World Championships in 2010 and was selected to represent his country again at the Under 19 World Championships but was forced out with a foot injury. Won gold while representing Australia at the Stankovic Cup in 2012.

    Was awarded the QBL Under 23 Player of the Year in 2015 while playing for the Townsville Heat.

    Stats Highlights
    Has a career high of 23, which he scored in 2015 against Melbourne. In 2014, Norton had 8 assists against Melbourne, also a career high.

    His highest points tally of last season was 21 points against the Adelaide 36ers.

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  • DOB December 16, 1993 Hometown Inland Empire, California Position Guard / Forward Height 193cm Weight 94kg High School / College Eisenhower High School / Fresno State Favourite NBA Team None (Lebron James) Favourite Basketball Shoe J's

    Marvelle Harris

    Guard / Forward

    #23

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    Career Highlights
    Attended Fresno State University, where he finished his college career as the all time leading scorer for the school. In his senior year he was named the Mountain West Player of the Year.
    He led his team to the 2016 NCAA Tournament after winning a Mountain West Championship from their conference tournament. He was named tournament MVP.

    Stats Highlights
    His career high came in 2016 against UNLV when he dropped 37 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists.
    In his senior year of college Harris averaged 20.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

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  • DOB 11/18/1992 Hometown 11/18/1992 Position Centre Height 211cm Weight 118kg High School / College Sam Houston State Favourite NBA Team New York Knicks Favourite Basketball Shoe Kobe's

    Michael Holyfield

    Centre

    #55

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    Career Highlights
    Attended Sam Houston State University from 2011-2015, finishing his college career as Sam Houston State’s fourth all-time leader in blocked shots and fifth in all-time rebounds.

    In his senior year, Holyfield set the school’s single season record for blocked shots, earning himself Southland Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.

    Holyfield also spent some time in the NBA D-League with the Iowa Energy and the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

    Stats Highlights
    His best game in the D-League was a 19-point outing against Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2016, where he also added 15 rebounds.

    In his senior year of college, Holyfield averaged 8.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

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  • DOB June 17, 1988 Hometown Sydney Position Centre Height 211cm Weight 115kg High School / College Vanderbilt University Favourite NBA Team Oklahoma City Thunder Favourite Basketball Shoe Nike Hyperfuse

    AJ Ogilvy

    Centre

    #6

    Career Highlights
    He attended the AIS in 2006 and 2008, he represented Australia at the 2007 junior world championships. He attended college at Vanderbilt from 2007-2010. After his college career, Ogilvy played in Turkey and Spain before wining a championship in Germany with Brose Baskets.

    Ogilvy finished the 2015/16 NBL season 3rd in NBL MVP voting behind former Hawks team mate Kevin Lisch, he was named to the All NBL First team for the 2nd time in just his second NBL season.

    AJ filled the stats sheet all season, 16.4 points per game (7th in NBL), 8.5 rebounds (3rd), 1.5 steals (3rd) and 1.7 blocks (2nd), whilst shooting 55% from the floor, Ogilvy was also in the top 10 in free throws made shooting an impressive 77% from the line.

    Has been a part of the Australian National Team on a number of occasions.

    In 2016, Ogilvy played in Puerto Rico for Atenienses de Manati during the NBL off season.

    Stats Highlights
    Led the NBL with total rebounds and total blocks in 2016 with 265 rebounds and 54 blocks. Scored his career best last season when he had 36 points against the Cairns Taipans on the 6/11/2015. Equalled the all time most blocks by a rookie Australian with 65 in 2014 (matched Simon Dwight 1995).

    Ogilvy best game in Puerto Rico came against Guayama when he finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

     

     

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    27.31AVG MINS
    1.84AVG AS
    16.39AVG PTS
    8.55AVG REB
  • DOB 16/01/1982 Hometown Adelaide / The Festival State Position Forward Height 206cm Weight 103kg (After a heavy lunch) High School / College Unley High School (Same as Julia Gillard - a different year though) Favourite NBA Team Any team that an Aussie is playing for (I know I'm one of those guys now, but Aussie proud) Favourite Basketball Shoe Reebok Pump, Kobe, Hyperdunk

    Oscar Forman

    Forward

    #7

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    Career Highlights

    Forman attended the AIS in 2000.
    He won an NBL Championship in 2002 with Adelaide in his first season in the league. He was awarded the NBL Most Improved in 2011.

    He led the NBL in 3-point shooting percentage in five seasons, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

    Hawks captain since 2013/14.

    Stats Highlights
    Has a career high of 29 points which came against the Breakers in 2012. He hit 11 from 12 field goals including a perfect 7 from 7 from the three-point arc.
    His best of last season (2016) was 24 points in 19 minutes against Sydney, including a 6 of 7 effort from 3-point territory.

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    20.67AVG MINS
    0.84AVG AS
    8.03AVG PTS
    3.52AVG REB
  • DOB February 13, 1986 Hometown Brisbane Position Guard Height 185cm Weight 84kg High School / College John Paul College Favourite NBA Team Phoenix with Steve Nash Favourite Basketball Shoe Kobe X

    Rhys Martin

    Guard

    #13

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    Career Highlights
    Attended Nova South Eastern University from 2005-2007, he started his professional career with the Brisbane Bullets as a development player before moving to the Hawks.

    Was part of the runners up Hawks in 2010. Was awarded the Hawks Most Improved Player in 2012 and 2013.

    Won a QBL championship in 2011 with Mackay Meteors and has been in the QBL All-League Team four times from 2008-2011.

    Named Hawks co-captain for season 2016/17

    Stats Highlights
    Scored a career high against the 36ers with a total of 32 points in 2014. Has dished out 9 assists five times, a career best.

    His best return from last season (2015/16) was a 17-point game against Adelaide.

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    27.33AVG MINS
    4.17AVG AS
    9.11AVG PTS
    3.33AVG REB
  • DOB June 5, 1985 Hometown Brisbane Position Forward Height 199cm Weight 97kg High School / College Nova Southeastern University (Florida, USA) Favourite NBA Team Miami Heat Favourite Basketball Shoe Under Armour Curry 1

    Tim Coenraad

    Forward

    #22

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    Career Highlights
    Attended Nova South Eastern University from 2005-2009. During this time, he became the all time leader in games played and three-pointers made as well as being second in field goals made, third in free throws made, fourth in points and assists and fifth in rebounds.

    He was announced as the runner up in the 2010 NBL Rookie of the Year, behind Jesse Wagstaff. Coenraad was part of the Hawks team that were the NBL runners up in 2010.

    He also has been awarded the Hawks Most Improved in 2014 and the Hawks MVP in 2015.

    Stats Highlights
    Has a career high of 28 points in 2013 against Adelaide. His best scoring game from the 2016 season came in the first game of the semi finals when he had 23 points in a loss to Perth.

    Averaged 20.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in the SEABL for the Canberra Gunners in 2016.

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    23.28AVG MINS
    1.43AVG AS
    9.5AVG PTS
    3.57AVG REB
  • DOB April 24, 1990 Hometown Perth, WA Position Forward Height 202cm Weight 110kg High School / College Saint Louis University Favourite NBA Team San Antonio Spurs Favourite Basketball Shoe Air Jordan XI

    Cody Ellis

    Forward

    #24

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    MERCURY

    Career Highlights
    Attended the AIS in 2008 and 2009, representing his country at the Under 19 World Championships in 2009. Went to St Louis University from 2009-2013. Finishing as one of 27 players to have scored over 1,000 points for the school.

    His father Mike was a player and a coach at the Perth Wildcats while his grandfather was a coach of the Wildcats too. This made them the first three generation family in the NBL.

    Stats Highlights
    Equalled his career high of 18 points last season against New Zealand, the only other time he has scored this amount was against Cairns in 2015.

    In 2016, Ellis played in the SBL for the Stirling Spectres and averaged 23.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.

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    18.09AVG MINS
    1.07AVG AS
    6.03AVG PTS
    2.59AVG REB
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