While he is still a little uncomfortable with all of the attention, he’s learned to balance it with basketball and is enjoying a fine spring.
“I think I’m off to a pretty good start,” Hawes told Phog.net. “There’s things here and there that I need to work on but so far I’ve been pretty happy.”
When he first exploded onto the national scene last spring playing for a loaded Friends of Hoop Seattle squad, Hawes had the luxury of being a role player. Now that the likes of Martell Webster, Micah Downs, Jon Brockman and others have moved on to college it is his responsibility to lead the team and he seems to know it.
Watch Hawes play and you can see him directing his teammates and leading by example with his play. Once quiet and willing to play his part, Hawes has become much more vocal on the court and is looking to dominate each and every time out there. He’s also gotten used to seeing coaches lined up to watch his games.
“I don’t really notice them anymore,” said Hawes. “I kind of got used to it all last summer playing with those other guys so now that they are here for me it is kind of the same old thing.”
Schools are also lining up to visit with him at school. To date, Kansas, UConn and UCLA headline the list of schools to drop by and visit him while North Carolina, Stanford and Arizona will be dropping by this week.
While he had originally hoped to cut his list to between three and five schools by early March, Hawes hasn’t been able to do so. He has set up an official visit with UCLA for early June and is working on setting a date for a May visit to Stanford but he hasn’t developed a top three or top five list yet.
“The opportunity to come in and be an all around player and not just be stuck in the post and to come in and contribute right away to a storied program,” said Hawes of what he wants from a program.
According to Hawes he expects that his recruitment will now carry on through the summer and into next fall.