Hawes Ready to Begin Visits

For many of the top players in the country summer time can be quite hectic, and it's no different for Spencer Hawes. The 6-foot-11 center stayed busy the entire summer traveling to a number of different tournaments and camps.

While the Seattle, Wash. native is still working out and lifting, he said that he's excited to be home.

"I'm glad to have it over with and have a little time to get back home, get some rest, and have a little bit of summer before school and stuff,â" Hawes said about the AAU season. "I was happy with how it went overall and I thought both personally and as a team that it was really successful."

Even though he is at home, Hawes still has a lot of basketball to think about. Beginning with where he wants to play his college ball. Right now he is in the process of setting up his official visits.

"I'm pretty sure North Carolina is going to be the 17th of September. That's the only one I think we've arranged so far."

Hawes also went more in depth on the Tar Heels and explained exactly what he likes about last season's national champion.

"You know North Carolina, you've got to love the tradition. You know the Dean Dome, Michael Jordan and all those guys, they are kind of the icons that have been successful," Hawes explained. "They produce players and get them to the next level as well as the success they have."

With Hawes being from Washington he admitted that there is a lot of pressure on him to play in state, however the 6th ranked player in the class of 2006 said that distance will have no affect on his recruitment.

"I don't think it'll be too big of a factor. I've been hearing things about how I was going to go to Washington forever," Hawes said. "I'm kind of used to it now. There is pressure but I just don't pay much attention to it."

"Washington is a program that is definitely on the rise. Coach [Lorenzo] Romar got them going in the right direction. They are going to be good the next few years and down the road they are going to be legitimate contenders," Hawes explained. "You know, you think you could be a part of that and kind of being a part of building that."

Along with North Carolina and Washington, Hawes is also considering UConn, Stanford, and UCLA.

"I don't think so," Hawes responded when asked if anyone led for his services. "I think after the visits I'll be able to determine more of that."

Hawes said that while he would like to take official visits to his final five schools, it would be unrealistic to think that will happen. He also said that he has not discussed in-home visits with any of the coaches recruiting him.

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