The Hawks advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament with the win. They will play the Mavericks on Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised by NBA TV.
The 6-foot-6 Petteway said his goal is to get an invitation to training camp. There is an available roster spot should the Hawks choose to carry 15 players. A wing player will certainly be considered.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Petteway was one of three players – including Lamar Patterson and Glenn Robinson III – that have been most impressive during the tournament.
“I just play every game like it’s my last,” Petteway said. “That’s my mindset. After this, I might not be playing basketball anymore. I just try to come out here and be loose but at the same time my intensity is through the roof. I try to come out with a solid game night in and night out.”
Petteway, who started his collegiate career at Texas Tech, averaged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his final year at Nebraska before declaring for the draft. Petteway worked out for the Hawks during the pre-draft process. He said the team has worked on his player development while in Las Vegas, another of the reasons he chose the Hawks.
“They said they liked my activity on the defensive end and also I can score a little bit,” Petteway said of his pre-draft workout with the Hawks. “That’s why I’m trying to get out here and show them I can be a two-way guard and a solid guy off the bench.”