Hungry Jack's NBL
Hawks secure Nick Kay
The Illawarra Hawks have secured the services of the 2016 NBL Rookie of the Year, Nick Kay for the next two years. Kay has been hot property in the free agency period, and chased by League heavy weights Perth and Melbourne. Kay’s decision to head to the Illawarra is a great endorsement for both the club and basketball program that Head Coach Rob Beveridge has started to build. Kay will immediately rectify the rebounding deficiencies suffered by the Hawks last season and will provide crucial support to ALL-NBL First Team centre AJ Ogilvy, with the pair to form arguably the best front court in the NBL. Naturally, Coach Beveridge was delighted to secure the 23-year old for the next two years. “We are super excited to secure the services of the highly sought after Nick Kay from Townsville,” said Beveridge. “Nick had a great rookie year and we believe that he has a huge future ahead of him. “He will bring uncompromising toughness to the Hawks and I look forward to working with Nick in expanding his game and seeing him become a star in the NBL.” Kay entered the NBL after spending four years at Metro State College in Denver, finishing second in the school’s history of games played, fourth in rebounds, fifth in scoring and ninth in blocked shots overall. Originally from Tamworth New South Wales, he finished his rookie season averaging 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52% from the field and 75% from the charity stripe. The young gun also comes with glowing endorsements from former coach, Shawn Dennis. “Shawn has spoken very highly of both Mitch [Norton] and Nick, both as highly-skilled players, but more importantly as exceptional people. “I know the community of the Illawarra will fully embrace both of these hard workers into our team,” said Beveridge. The recent addition of both Kay and Norton to the roster completes a remarkable turnaround for the Hawks who entered free agency with no contracted players, but now posses some of the brightest young Australian talent. With seven Australian players now rostered for the season, the Hawks will now focus on the search for their imports, with the guard and small forward positions shaping as the most likely roles to fill.