Hawks: Updates on Jalen Johnson, Sharife Cooper, and Onyeka Okongwu

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It hasn’t been easy for the College Park Skyhawks early this season, as they entered last night’s game winless on the season, but their record is not nearly as important as how some of their young pieces are performing, and they put on a show in their first win of the season on Thursday.

Sharife Cooper led the way with 33 points and four assists, continuing to fill up the stat sheet. On the season, the former Auburn Tiger is averaging 19.0 points on 43.7% shooting and 36.8% from three to go along with 5.3 assists. His mark from three-point range is especially encouraging since that is what he struggled with mightily in his one year at Auburn.

Jalen Johnson also filled up the stat sheet last night, scoring 23 points and hauling in 12 boards, finishing just two assists shy of a triple-double. He has the potential to become a true point-forward at the NBA level and has flashed that on a nightly basis in the G-League. Johnson is averaging a double-double on the season.

Last but certainly not least, Onyeka Okongwu made his season debut on Thursday — his first game back since having offseason surgery on a torn labrum. He didn’t miss a beat. The Southern California product recorded a double-double while also being his typical pesky self on the defensive end. It may have been in the G-League, but it was quite a debut for a player who hasn’t played in a game in six months. It shouldn’t be long before Okongwu rejoins the Hawks and is back in the rotation.



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