Hawes: 'They're Winners'

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Thanks to his play over the summer, 6-11 BF/C Spencer Hawes had generated some buzz because of his size, skill and potential. After spending time in the weight room and adding 25 pounds since the end of the summer, the buzz has turned into a roar during the City of Palms Classic.

In his first game, Hawes was good for 35 points and 12 rebounds during a dizzying display of skill. He scored with either hand, hit face-up jumpers, ran the court and made deft passes to teammates out of double teams. On Monday night, it was his teammate Martell Webster's turn to shine against Milwaukee (Wisc.) Vincent and Hawes was happy he did.

"They had a mission before the game that they weren't going to let anything happen inside and they really executed that well," said Hawes. "Thankfully we have Martell and he stepped up and had an unbelievable game and kind of carried the team."

That isn't to say that Hawes didn't do some nice things of his own. After struggling early with some of the quicker and more athletic big-men thrown at him by Vincent, Hawes slowed the game down. He took his time to survey the defense and made alert passes with either hand and more than held his own on the offensive glass.

The overall versatility has shown.

"I've been working on going outside some more, and my versatility," said Hawes. "Mostly, I'm just trying to be more consistent inside and being able to go outside without drifting."

At this point in his recruitment, there probably isn't a hotter 2006 prospect in the country and he is getting hit hard by the likes of Arizona, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, N.C. State, Washington, UCLA, Kentucky and Stanford. However, he's trying not to think about narrowing his long list just yet.

"I'm going to wait until after the season to narrow my list down," Hawes told Inside Carolina. "I'm just trying to wait until the end of season and just take it all in."

Several schools have been down to see Hawes in Florida and North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson was in the crowd Monday evening. According to Hawes the Heels are doing well in his recruitment, even if they haven't offered a scholarship yet.

"I just like their style of play, their tradition and I like their coach and how they play the game fundamentally and they're winners," said Hawes. "I'd like to think eventually I'll get an offer, but not yet."

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