We asked Hawes about the factors that might influence his decision.
"I want to see how teams do this year," said Hawes. "If a team does big things, that will bolster their appeal. Location will play a role but, if I like someplace, the location isn't going to sway me."
Hawes went on to say, "Playing time will be a big deal. You can't get better if you're not playing. A winning program will also be important."
When questioned about the timing of his decision, Hawes replied, "If I were to commit in the spring, it would have to be a place that jumped out at me and offered something very unique.
"I'm not going to let that affect me," said Hawes. "It'd be nice to play with them, but this isn't a package deal."
Hawes told us that he has a 3.8 GPA.
CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Hawes is one of the Wildcats' top targets in the 2006 class. He has all the tools to be a a great big man. The Cats have been on him early, but Washington will be tough to beat since he has family and friend ties to the Husky program.