Hawks To Host 2009 Mini-Camp At Philips Arena

Thursday, July 16, 2009
By Micah Hart
The Hawks aren’t participating in Summer League play this year with the dissolution of the Rocky Mountain Revue, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a chance for the Hawks coaching staff to evaluate the team’s young talent and other potential free agents players.Next week at Philips Arena, the Hawks will be conducting a team mini-camp, and several names you may recognize are at this point scheduled to be in attendance.

The marquee name of course is Hawks first-round pick Jeff Teague, who’ll be making his debut in front of the staff for the first live drills since being chosen 19th on draft night. Also on hand will be his draft-mate Sergiy Gladyr, the 49th overall selection in 2009 out of Ukraine.

Many people think Gladyr is solely a part of the team’s long-term plans, but if he shows enough at camp, who knows?

Another Hawks draft pick will be making his way stateside for the first time as well, as 2005 second-rounder Cenk Akyol of Turkey is scheduled to participate. I know you are all excited to learn more about these guys, so we’ll make sure to have plenty of coverage of their efforts as the week progresses.

There are several other names you should recognize from either their local college affiliations (like Georgia’s Sundiata Gaines and Augusta State’s Garret Siler) or from their previous stops in the NBA (Chris Taft played for Golden State, Yaroslav Korolev was a Clipper draftee).

Here is the release, if you want to read the full list of players.

We’ll have much, much more as the camp gets underway next Tuesday at Philips Arena.

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