"No, that's not really my top three, they are all kind of on and equal playing field right now," said Hawes, who put on several dominating performances this past weekend at the Kingwood Classic. "Once I can get the list down to five or six schools [this spring] then I'll be able to develop some leaders."
For those following at home that means that Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, and Stanford at a minimum should still be considered as legitimate contenders for Hawes services. Looking ahead, Hawes has already set up an official visit for UCLA (early June) and is working to set up a visit to Stanford sometime during May.
Because of his busy schedule, Hawes will then have to wait until the fall to fit in more visits.
This week, North Carolina has already stopped in to visit with the skilled post player while Stanford and Arizona are also expected to visit. Kansas, UConn and UCLA among others have already been by. According to Hawes the Heels are very much a player in his recruitment and he'll consider them heavily.
"They are selling me on the opportunity to contribute and play for a national championship," Hawes said of the Tar Heels. "I could also improve and really help myself get better during my time there."
According to sources close to the situation it is a sure bet that Hawes will eventually set a visit with North Carolina although no timeframe was specified. Hawes has paid close attention to how North Carolina runs their offense and the way they play is very attractive to him.
"They use the big man, they definitely kick it into him," said Hawes. "This year Sean May, they ran everything through him. He was kind of what made them go.
"That's something that you like to see in a program that values the big man like that and lets him be the leader."