The Hawks have taken another big step in their fresh NBL start under master coach Brian Goorjian, signing American sharpshooter Tyler Harvey as the first import on their 2020-21 roster.
Harvey, whose trademark is his three-point shooting, joins fellow recruit Deng Adel on a new-look team after the former Cleveland Cavaliers forward committed to the Wollongong-based club last week.
The 27-year-old Harvey has played professionally in Germany, France, Italy and America's G-League, where he scored 58 points in a game for Memphis Hustle in February last year.
"Tyler's scoring and shooting attributes are well known across the world and we believe he can make an instant impact in those areas for us," Goorjian said.
"He will play a key role for the Hawks this season as we construct a team that the fanbase can be proud of on and off the court."
Harvey was a prolific scorer in three college seasons with Eastern Washington and was the 51st overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, selected by Orlando Magic.
The guard is excited about playing under NBL coaching legend Goorjian, who has spearheaded a strong recruiting drive.
"I've heard nothing but great things about (the NBL)," Harvey said.
"Playing for a great coach (Goorjian), a great organisation, so I felt like it was the right move for my wife and I, and for my basketball career, to take this opportunity."
The Hawks have already signed local players Emmett Naar, Deng Deng, Dan Grida, Sam Froling and Isaac White for the upcoming season, which is expected to start in December.
Meanwhile, South East Melbourne Phoenix have handed a maiden professional contract to Kiwi Yanni Wetzell after some impressive college deeds in the United States.
The 24-year-old has signed a two-year NBL deal after a dominant season with San Diego State Aztecs, where he was the starting centre in their run to the "March Madness" playoffs.
COVID-19 prevented the season going any further but Wetzell's averages of 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in San Diego's 30-2 season raised his profile.
"It's always been a dream of mine to play either back home in New Zealand or for one of the Australian teams in the NBL," Wetzell said.
"I'm super pumped to join a club that's in their early stages of NBL history and trying to create something special and shoot for a championship from day one."
The athletic 2.08m Wetzell will have an option on his second season and effectively replaces the retired Tai Wesley, joining Dane Pineau in an exciting inside combination.
Pineau signed a three-year extension last week.
Cam Gliddon and Reuben Te Rangi are other notable names linking up with the Phoenix for the upcoming season.