Noel Gillespie

The Skyhawks and head coach Noel Gillespie have to adjust without both two-way players on the roster this week.

COLLEGE PARK - The College Park Skyhawks will look different this week considering both Brandon Goodwin and Charlie Brown, Jr. have been called up to the Atlanta Hawks organization this week.

The moves follow injuries to Jabari Parker and Trae Young on the main roster and mean that Goodwin and Brown will help fill the bench back out. But this leaves the Skyhawks in a tough predicament for the their second road game of the week against the Westchester Knicks.

Adapting to a hole as huge as Brown and Goodwin will be a task for anyone, especially for those tasked with replacing both two-way players at any given time.

Goodwin has averaged 19.1 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game as the teams' No. 1 point guard option. On the other side of it, even Brown has averaged over 16.4 points per game for the Skyhawks. Another 7.8 rebounds per game helped bolster the lineup as a solid contributor with the boards overshadowed the non two-way players.

The good part of it all, is that the roster is still deep for the Skyhawks. Cat Barber has come on of late and averages 15.9 points per game, despite playing off the bench for the greater part of the season.

Another double-digit scorer would be Jordan Sibert who's averaging 10.6 points for College Park in 17 games. But that's not a problem for head coach Noel Gillespie.

Seeing as he's been around the G-League for some time he's become accustomed to the constant movement the G-League faces.

"The G-League is unique in its constant movement and fluidity day-to-day for every team," Gillespie said. "Our players have a next man up mentality and will be ready for their expanded roles, the players Atlanta had in training camp (Taj McCall, Marcus Derrickson, Armoni Brooks and Jordan Sibert) along with Cat Barber will all get extended playing time."

As far as preparation goes, the missing two-way players won't be too much of a shock to the rest of the lineup. Considering how the Skyhawks have approached moving players all season long under Gillespie.

"As a coaching staff, we prepare the players all season long to be ready to step in and contribute when their time comes," Gillespie said.

Monday's game for the Skyhawks will be important as they'll have to let the defense set the tone. While rebounding and activity on the defensive side will fuel their offensive transitions and give them a flow that Gillespie has shown throughout the season.

The Skyhawks, without Goodwin and Brown, Jr. won Monday against Westchester.

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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