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Meet The College Park Skyhawks

By Jake Winderman | September 16, 2019

Team: College Park Skyhawks

First Season: 2019-20 (Inaugural Season)

Affiliate: Atlanta Hawks

Location: College Park, G.A.

Arena: Gateway Center Arena

Head Coach: Noel Gillespie

Former Team Name(s): Erie BayHawks (2017-2019)

Current Two-Way Player(s): Charlie Brown Jr. (St. Joseph’s) and Brandon Goodwin (FGCU)

The College Park Skyhawks, affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, are set to make their NBA G League Debut during the 2019-20 season, expanding the league to a record 28 teams. The Skyhawks will play their inaugural NBA G League game on Friday, November 8th against the Erie BayHawks in Erie, and make their home debut at the brand new, 3,500-seat Gateway Center Arena on Monday, November 11th against the defending Eastern Conference champion Long Island Nets. The Skyhawks’ franchise was moved from Erie to College Park after three seasons in Erie.

The Skyhawks get their nickname from former Atlanta Hawks mascot, Skyhawk, who entertained Hawks fans at the Phillips Arena from 1996 until 2014. The team will also share a nickname with local Georgia college, Point University.

Joining the ownership team of the Skyhawks will be rapper and GRAMMY Award-winning artist 2 Chainz, a.k.a. Tauheed Epps. 2 Chainz was born and raised in College Park, G.A. and played high school and collegiate basketball.

“It’s exciting and a dream come TRU to be a part of a sports team, especially one in my community,” 2 Chainz said. “Being able to give back, create opportunities for the youth, inspire and show people what you can do if you believe in yourself and work hard makes this opportunity so meaningful to me.”

The Skyhawks inaugural roster will feature Two-Way players Charlie Brown Jr. from St. Joseph’s and Brandon Goodwin, who played on a Two-Way contract during the 2018-19 season with the Denver Nuggets. Brown Jr. was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team last season after leading the conference in points per game (19.0 PPG), while Goodwin notched 22.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game split between the Memphis Hustle and Iowa Wolves during the 2018-19 NBA G League season.

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