Newly acquired Wollongong import Durrell Summers will have his first taste of the NBL when he makes his debut for the Hawks at this weekend's pre-season Blitz tournament in Sydney.
Summers and fellow import Rotnei Clarke will both be in the Wollongong line-up for tomorrow's clash with Perth and Sunday's battle with Melbourne.
The Hawks joined every NBL team in Sydney on Thursday for the official launch of the 2013-14 season.
Wollongong start the 28-game regular season on the road against three-time defending champions New Zealand on October 10.
Summers has trained with his new club for the past week.
The 196-centimetre swingman is a projected starter at the small forward position, though he is likely to play a back-up role to Tim Coenraad this weekend.
"Durrell's gradually fitting in," Hawks captain Oscar Forman said.
"He's still picking up the plays and you can see his head spinning sometimes. He's constantly thinking about where he needs to be and what he has to do, rather than what he can do with the ball. He knows he needs to fit in first and foremost, and then show what he's got."
The Hawks are spending three nights in Sydney and will make the most of the opportunity to develop team chemistry.
"One of the good things about being up here is being able to get a bit of a connection within the team and making sure we do know each other off the court," Forman said.
"It's good for Durrell to have been around the guys a bit, but now he's around everyone for four days to realise how close we are off the court, and how that helps us on the court."
Of their three pre-season games, Wollongong have gone down narrowly to St Mary's College and lost twice by double-digits to Cairns.