Hawks forward Tim Coenraad is excited by the prospect of matching up against Perth Wildcats superstar import James Ennis on Friday.
The 27-year-old is expected to play a large role guarding the competition's leading scorer when the Hawks travel west and is looking forward to the challenge of stopping the former 50th NBA draft pick.
Ennis set the league alight since he joined the Wildcats from the Miami Heat in the off-season, mixing show-stopping dunks with bullseye perimeter shooting to average 24 points per game.
Coenraad believes this dangerous offensive talent will make guarding the California native a difficult task but is one the Hawks are up for.
"He is obviously a great challenge, he can really put the ball in the basket," he said.
"Obviously he is going to make some tough shots but it is when he is getting above the rim, getting some dunks and hitting open threes, that is when he really gets into his stride.
"If we just force everything and make it all tough for him, I think that depending on the night, we could be all right.
"I look forward to seeing what a player like him can do, especially when he is on the opposition and you get an opportunity to play against him."
While Coenraad will more than likely spend large parts of Friday's match-up guarding Ennis, he stressed the value of team-oriented defence to limit the Wildcats' impact on court.
"You just have to play tough defence and play to your game plan," Coenraad said.
"It is not just one guy who has got to go in there, it is the team.
"We are the type of team who doesn't just put one guy on one guy and say go guard him. For us to shut down a player like him I think all of us need to be switched on."
Despite the likelihood of Ennis taking centre stage, Coenraad was adamant the import can't be the Hawks only focus.
He said it was vital for Wollongong to remember the ability of Wildcats' veterans like Shawn Redhage.
"Redhage is still one of the top-five scorers in the league as well so we need to take care of him as well," Coenraad said.
"Obviously Ennis will be a focal point because of the way he scores but you have got to look after those other guys, too."
The fixture in Perth is the first of a double-header weekend for the Hawks, who take on the New Zealand Breakers at WIN Entertainment Centre on Sunday.
"It is a place that I haven't got a win yet so it is a place that I am definitely looking forward to the challenge - not only the challenge of Perth but trying to get two wins out of the double-header this weekend," Coenraad said.