MDC: Hawes Excels Sunday; More UNC Prospect Notes

NEW ORLEANS -- After averaging 26 points and 12 rebounds a game during his two Saturday outings at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, Spencer Hawes was at it again on Sunday.

The 6-11 BF/C from Seattle (Wash.) Prep was able to lead his Seattle Friends of Hoop squad out of pool play, but unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs as he and his teammates fell, 73-72, to Athlete's First out of Oklahoma in a game that featured a somewhat controversial finish.

Even though he wasn't able to carry his squad deep into the playoffs, Spencer Hawes can still feel proud about putting together a spectacular performance. While he's always been known for his skill level, it was his aggressiveness around the hoop that stood out.

"I'm really trying to go strong around the basket and dunk it more often," said Hawes of his power play in the post. "No more of that weak stuff. I'm a little stronger and a little better off the vertical jump so that really helps."

Originally Hawes had planned to have either decided on, or be very close to, picking a school but because of his busy schedule he's still evaluating programs and hasn't been able to cut his list down to a top three or a top five. With an upcoming trip to play in a tournament in France along with a busy July coming up, it won't be until August that he can evaluate things any further.

"I haven't decided where yet, but I think that I may try to get some unofficial visits knocked out in August," said Hawes. "I've got the France trip and then July so I can't really do anything until then."

As usual, the big man refused to elaborate on exactly who will get unofficial or official visits, but it looks like he'll need to get some rest before his recruitment moves any further.

"I don't really know if there is anybody that I'll definitely visit, that is still to be decided," Hawes said. "I think that maybe I can try and get a vacation out of it, I think I'll need one."

OTHER CAROLINA TARGETS AT THE MDC

Tywon Lawson -- Lawson's performance on Day two of the Nike MDC can pretty much be summed up with a one word description: ‘wow.' The 6-0 PG went out and got 32 in his final pool play game of the day and then led his DC Blue Devils past the New York Gauchos and The Family to reach the final four of the MDC where they will face a deep Boo Williams squad for the right to go the championship. Against the Gauchos, Lawson picked up three first half offensive fouls but fought off the foul trouble to orchestrate a come from behind win. The ultimate measure of a PG is wins and losses and there are few who come up as big as Lawson does during crunch time. Whether he needed to set a teammate up and run the show – like he did against the Gauchos – or get his offense – like he did against The Family – the sturdy and quick Lawson got the job done. His pull-up jumper from 12-15 feet is money and he's an explosive finisher at the rack who refuses to lose. Carolina fans should be excited about the prospects of him teaming with Wayne Ellington in a year.

Kevin Durant -- During the last year, observers of high school hoops have watched the 6-10 wing develop from a skinny kid with loads of potential into a bonafide superstar. Guys his size aren't supposed to have jumpers as wet as his until they've played in the league for a long time and when you combine that with his length around the basket it is quite remarkable what he gets accomplished. Now that he handles the ball with proficiency and takes defenders small and large off the bounce, at will, he's pretty much impossible to defend. The only player who caused him any troubles was long and bouncy 6-9 BF Curtis Kelly of the Gauchos, but when the game was on the line Durant responded with 17 points during a key nine minute stretch of the second half. Yes he's got to add weight and yes he's only 16 years old, but the fact of the matter is that he's big time. Oh yeah, he is a terrific passer to boot and played with noticeable fire on Sunday.

Darrell Arthur -- After a somewhat sluggish day on Saturday, Arthur put together a much better Sunday. His Team Texas squad was the victim of a three-way tiebreaker in pool play meaning he was relegated to consolation action but he still delivered the goods for stretches. His quickness and coordination are beyond impressive for a guy his size and he's growing into a very nice frame. Once he learns to go hard at all times he'll be dangerous. He continues to list North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor and hasn't got any visits scheduled.

Bryan Davis -- Arthur's partner with Team Texas continued his hot and cold play. He's got a frame built to carry more weight and good instincts around the hoop but tends to float in and out of games. He has proved that he's a capable face up jump shooter from 12 feet and that he can be a motivated shot blocker and defender. Now it's up to him to take his game to the next level and have the type of consistent impact that he's capable of.

Brandan Wright -- By now you pretty much know what you are going to get out of Wright each time he takes the court. He's going to elevate over anybody in sight for soft finishes around the basket and he's going to hit some mid range jumpers. On Sunday, Wright also drained some deep threes and showed a little bit of a nasty streak during a game against Martin Bros. where some opponents tried to push him around. His tournament ended with a first round tournament loss to Athlete's First but he's clearly a top five player in the class and anybody getting his commitment, which he says will come late, will have to sweat the NBA.


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