Hawes had a breakout summer. There's no questioning that.
After an average performance in the spring with his Friends of Hoop team, he went out and established himself as one of the elite big man in the Class of 2006 – along with Cole Aldrich - at the Nike Hoop Jamboree.
Hawes can score with either hand in the post, has terrific footwork and also runs the court hard all the time. He still needs to work on being able to knock down the mid-range jumper with more consistency.
"I always had confidence in myself," Hawes said of his summer performance. "I just needed to prove to everyone else that I could play at this level."
It's not all that surprising that Hawes, who has spent his childhood playing just about every sport imaginable (lacrosse, baseball, soccer, skiing, snowboarding), tries to pattern his game after Tim Duncan.
While Webster and his other Friends of Hoop teammate, Jon Brockman, are nearing the end of the recruiting process, it's really just beginning for Hawes, who has already fielded a half-dozen big-time scholarship offers.
N.C. State, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Texas and Kansas have already put forth an offer while Hawes lists North Carolina, Notre Dame, Duke, Stanford, Gonzaga and UConn as other schools he's looking at that have yet to offer.
"I'm wide open," said Hawes, ranked No. 9 in the class by TheInsidersHoops.com. "I just want to watch this season and see how it goes for these schools. I might take an unofficial or two in the fall and then two or three before the AAU season starts next spring."
As far as his thoughts on North Carolina go, Hawes said, "It's North Carolina. It's a basketball Mecca and Coach (Roy) Williams has the reputation of being one of the best coaches in the country."