Increasing curiosity surrounding new import Rotnei Clarke should ensure the Wollongong Hawks pack the house for next month's clash with the hated Sydney Kings at the Snakepit.
The Hawks and Kings meet in a trial at Sutherland on September 27 before the long-time adversaries get reacquainted in another trial on September 29 in Wollongong.
"The annual pre-season fixtures at the Snakepit are always a nostalgic throwback to the club's golden years, where the fans can get right up close to the action," Hawks general manager Stuart Wilkinson said.
Clarke arrived in Wollongong 10 days ago and has been impressive in daily practice sessions.
A workaholic trainer, the former US college and high school star is a remarkably accurate perimeter shooter who has the potential to lead the NBL in scoring.
"Rotnei's already shown in training he's a sharpshooter," Wilkinson said.
"He's going to be a livewire from three-point range this season."
Clarke will make his Hawks debut at the NBL pre-season Blitz tournament, where teams will be vying for the Loggins-Bruton Cup for the first time.
The Hawks play Cairns (September 7), Perth (Sept 21) and Melbourne (Sept 22) before wrapping up their pre-season with the Kings mini-series.