Hawks coach Rob Beveridge believes Emmett Naar’s display against the Sydney Kings was one of the best he’s seen from a young point guard.
Naar produced one of the best performances on his young career in the Hawks impressive 12-point victory, tallying 18 points from 7/8 shooting.
It came against a pair of former NBL MVP’s Kevin Lisch and Jerome Randle.
“That was one of the best performances for a young point guard against Randle, Lisch and [Kyle] Adnam. He was just awesome,” Beveridge said.
Naar was on court during the Hawks most devastating spell of the match which saw them go on a 17-1 run in the second quarter.
Normally known for his passing game, Naar showed another side of his offence as he shot 5/5 from the field in the first half.
“I went 0-6 against them last time we played so I was hoping a few would go down this time,” Naar said.
“The way they play and how [Andrew] Bogut guards the on balls, they sit back a lot and I think they played me for the pass a little bit so that’s where I have got to look to score.
“Each team is going to play me differently and us differently.
“I think their defensive scheme was encouraging me to try and score.
“I wasn’t trying to force anything.
“I was just trying to take shots with the offence and they were going down tonight.”
Illawarra next play in Wollongong against the New Zealand Breakers on Friday.