Wollongong Hawks eye US imports

Point guard Rhys Martin is in Europe to try his luck after his six seasons spent with the Hawks in Wollongong. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Point guard Rhys Martin is in Europe to try his luck after his six seasons spent with the Hawks in Wollongong. Picture: ROBERT PEET

He didn't disclose a name but Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod confirmed the Hawks are in advanced discussions with a potential import recruit.

McLeod recently spent a week in the US, closely watching and talking to import candidates.

The Hawks are in the market for two backcourt players - a point guard and a "combo" guard who can swing between the two and one positions.

McLeod is leaning towards two Americans in the backcourt in the 2014-15 NBL season, most likely in the starting five.

He was asked on Wednesday if the club had made any offers to players.

"There has been progress," the 2013-14 NBL Coach of the Year said.

"There's a person of interest and we're seeing if that can work out for us. We're still chatting about it and there's nothing concrete.

"We're getting pretty close."

Wollongong have six players on the roster for next season.

McLeod has to find replacements for former import Rotnei Clarke and Australian point guard Rhys Martin.

Clarke is playing in Belgium, while Martin has decided to pursue a career in Europe after six seasons with the Hawks.

McLeod valued the contributions American swingman Kevin Tiggs made to Wollongong's campaign last season.

The signing of Australian swingman Brad Hill almost certainly rules out a return for Tiggs.

Hawks free agent Tyson Demos is staying with the club, although the contract details are still being hammered out.

"Tyson's situation - we're definitely well down the track with him," McLeod said.

He is also on the lookout for an Australian back-up point guard to round out his official 10-man roster.

The Hawks will play a series of trial games before hosting the 2014-15 season opener against Townsville on October 10.

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