ATLANTA—The Atlanta Hawks tipped off their preseason on Monday night, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 133-109 at State Farm Arena. First-round draft picks De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish made their rookie preseason debuts, finishing with 10 and 11 points, respectively. Reddish went 3-4 from beyond the arc and as a team, Atlanta knocked down 14 three-pointers on the night. Trae Young dazzled while dishing out a game-high 11 assists, and it was apparent that Hawks fans are ready for basketball to be back.
On the night of the highly-anticipated debut of Zion Williamson, the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, fans of Hawks Basketball were also formally introduced to the Hawks’ new G League team. Just one month from today, the College Park Skyhawks will take the court for the first time in their inaugural 2019-20 season, matching up against the Erie BayHawks on the road on Friday, Nov. 8.
During halftime, the Skyhawks new mascot, Colli Hawk (pronounced KAW-LEE), propelled down from the rafters to center court, marking his first public appearance. Following Colli’s introduction, Skyhawks Head Coach Noel Gillespie and Assistant General Manager Tori Miller presented two-way players Charlie Brown, Jr. and Brandon Goodwin with their official Skyhawks jerseys at center court. Earlier in the week, the Hawks announced Sharecare as the official jersey partner for the team’s inaugural 2019-20 season. In addition to the digital health company’s logo being featured on both the home and away uniform sets, Sharecare has been named the official health app of the team. Joining the Skyhawks at center court was Sharecare Vice President of Consumer Marketing Derek Fulford, who participated in the celebration as well.
Postgame, Brown, Jr. and Goodwin participated in a question-and-answer session with Skyhawks season-ticket members, along with Gillespie. Brown, Jr. had an efficient offensive showing in his Hawks preseason debut, recording 11 points on 4-8 shooting from the field.
“I tried to find my identity on defense first,” said Brown, Jr., who most recently played with the Hawks’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. “I wasn’t focused on offense. I was just trying to feed off my teammate’s energy and momentum… Being together for a couple months, we all have a good connection. And we can get better.”
The Skyhawks open the season with a three-game road trip, before taking their home court at Gateway Center Arena @ College Park for the first time on Nov. 21. The Hawks return to action on Wednesday night at home, hosting the Orlando Magic in a 7:30 p.m. game. Season and single-game tickets tickets for the Skyhawks upcoming season are available for purchase now. For more information on the Skyhawks and to register for updates, please visit CPSkyhawks.com. Stay up to date on team news by following @CPSkyhawks on Twitter and Instagram.