By now Spencer Hawes is fully aware that a lot of people are interested in what he’s thinking. The Seattle (WA) Prep junior appreciates his position as one of the most highly sought after big men in the country and is doing his best to enjoy the notoriety that comes along with it.
Currently he’s got a long list of schools that includes the likes of Washington, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, Gonzaga, Kansas, Texas, Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State. That list will most likely get shortened in early March and from there Hawes hopes to get in some visits.
“I’m going to try and get two or three (official visits) in when I can,” Hawes told Phog.net. “I’m really looking forward to interacting with everybody a little more than I can at this point. With the contact rules and everything else there’s only limited time you can really talk to people and get to know them.”
Getting the 6-11 Hawes to cop to a timeframe regarding when he’ll cut his list down is one thing, but getting him to list which schools have the best chance of making his list is another. In all likelihood he’ll cut things down to five or six schools, but he’s being very quiet about exactly who will make it.
Because of family ties, Washington is probably safe but any speculation about what other schools will make it is just that, speculation. Right now Hawes is focused on helping Prep finish out a strong season and is eyeing this Friday’s rematch with Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach where a league championship will be on the line.
“Things are going well, we’re playing in the league championship in a few days against Rainier Beach,” said Hawes. “I’m looking forward to seeing how much we’ve improved since the beginning of the year.”
After kind of learning the ropes and showing promise as a sophomore, Hawes has been much more dominant this year. He attacks the basket with more aggression, looks for his shot a little more and shows much more confidence. Hawes cites added strength along with maturity and confidence gained by playing alongside the likes of Micah Downs, Martell Webster, Jon Brockman and Mitch Johnson on the rigorous club circuit as the biggest reasons for his marked improvement.
As coaches and the fans of their respective schools anticipate whether or not they’ll make the cut Hawes is playing it cool. He understands the importance of his decision and appreciates how interested everybody is in it, but he’s also focused on having as normal a life as he can.
“I think pretty much I try to be a guy who doesn’t let things get to my head,” says Hawes of the attention he receives. “I try to have fun off the court and be a regular kid and not let basketball run my life.”