Pre-season isn't the time to get carried away with flashy individual performances, but the Wollongong Hawks have reason to be excited about their imports for the 2013-14 NBL season.
Former Butler University guard Rotnei Clarke underlined his reputation as a dead-eye shooter, averaging 27.5 points in two weekend trials against the Sydney Kings.
On Friday night, the Hawks unveiled their latest signing and even they came away pleasantly surprised.
Former Michigan State University swingman Durrell Summers tallied a game-high 28 points in the Hawks' 107-99 double overtime win.
The man nicknamed Summertime backed up his eye-catching debut with 26 points in last night's 98-93 loss to the Kings.
Given that he's still in the fledgling stages of coming to grips with coach Gordie McLeod's offensive systems, Summers believes he will only get better.
"I'm glad I was able to get cleared and at least get two games under my belt, just to get that flow," the 23-year-old said.
"With these two weeks of practice we have now, when the first game comes I'll have the plays down and we'll be a lot smoother.
"It's good just to get a flow of how the game is played over here. I'm still learning the plays so it's kind of hard to pick my spots, but I'm doing the best I can and the guys are helping me learn the plays."
McLeod was pleased to see Summers have an immediate impact.
"He was good, considering his understanding of what we're doing," McLeod said.
Summers played off the bench in both trials.
Last night he lit up the Snakepit crowd with one of his first touches, soaring high for an offensive rebound and finishing with a spectacular dunk.
The Hawks missed injured centre Larry Davidson, digging themselves a 25-point hole before a second-half revival.
Summers loved his team's fighting spirit.
"We played with a lot of pride. Getting down 20 in the first half, I felt like the second half was a new game. We came in with a new focus and got some stops," he said.
"Rotnei got the jumper falling late and that opened up creases for us to get baskets in the lane."
The Hawks are on the road for the opening two games of the 2013-14 NBL season before playing their first game at home in round three against Townsville.