Spencer Hawes Begins His Season

Spencer Hawes, a 6-11 center from Seattle, recently began his season with a big win. With a lot of help from Martell Webster, Seattle Prep got off to a season opening win. Hawes is looking forward to the rest of the season, and is not worrying about the recruitment for now, but does list 11 schools.

Hawes was pleased with the result of the first game, despite not getting the opportunity to do do much.

"We started out the season with a big win," said Hawes. "My own game went pretty well, but I didn't get many touches."

Being a high school junior, Hawes doesn't have much time to think about other things than his own season. Right now Hawes is only focused on Seattle Prep and improving his own game.

"I'm not too worried about recruiting right now," Hawes admitted. "Right now I just want to be a fan. I don't have any unofficial visits planned yet."

Despite not focusing on the recruitment process right now, Hawes has a long list of schools. Right now he claims there is no leader out of the bunch.

"I am interested in Washington, Gonzaga, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Kansas, Texas, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina State," Hawes explained.

While no idividual schools stand out over the rest, he is looking for specific things in a program.

"I am looking for a school with a good basketball tradition, a school that can prepare me academically, and a school where I can contribute," said Hawes.

There may be no leader but Hawes admits that four schools are recruiting him a little harder than some others.

"Washington, North Carolina, Kansas, and Stanford are recruiting me the hardest," said Hawes.

Before Hawes can decide on a school, he realizes the need to work hard and make improvements in particular areas.

"I have a number of strengths," Hawes stated. "I am pretty good at stepping out, I run the floor well, I have good footwork, and I play good defense. However, I need to improve on my decision making when I get the ball underneath."

The big man explained that he has been working hard on his shot during practice as well as learning how to be more patient in the post.

Hawes' focus on the season is due in part to his team being very strong. Hawes is one of 2006's top prospects and he's paired with Washington commit Webster, one of 2005's most sought after players. Add to that a great supporting cast and you have a team that Hawes truly believes can do some damage.

"We're going to be good," explained Hawes. "We have a really good 1-2 punch [with Webster]."

You believe Hawes when he says that there is no leader, but you can't count out the hometown Washington Huskies. Two of his AAU teammates pledged to UW and both his father and his uncle wore the purple and gold.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: The Wildcats love Hawes, but so do a lot of people. He may be one of the best big men who actually go to college. He's quick, nimble and athletic, but going up against Jon Brockman everyday over the summer has toughened him up.

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