Seattle (Wash.) Prep
This is a guy who is on a different plane in terms of scoring the
basketball. He scores like a well schooled college player – he's got the
jump hook, drop step, scores ambidextrously – he's a tough matchup for a
high school kid because he's throwing so much at you that you just can't
process it. To me, though, the one part of Spencer's game that really
needed some work heading into the 2005 AAU circuit was going out and being
a consistently dominant guy. And he was a walking double-double all summer
long – of the 30 and 15 variety, not 10-10.
|He was a walking double-double
all summer long.
That alone, how dominant he was against good players, putting up big
numbers, you just can't discount that.
In terms of areas for him to improve, Spencer still needs to get stronger.
It hasn't affected him yet, but the playing field will level out a bit in
college and he'll need to be ready for that physical adjustment. And, like
a lot of guys in his class who play facing the basket, that's just an area
where he needs more repetition.
July 14 at the Peach Jam. And there is no doubt about it. I know he was
great the last day in Vegas against whomever you threw at him – including
the Lopez twins.
during this one game at the Peach Jam (against Tywon Lawson's DC Blue
Devils), it was like watching an instructional video. America's top
college coaches watched in amazement as Hawes put on a clinic. His
left-handed jump hook off the window was the best post move I saw all
summer. In looking back at the summer of 2005, Hawes' game against DC is
among the top performances discussed. He went for 32 points (14-for-21 FG)
and 11 rebounds. He had 27 points with seven minutes to go and 40 was
within reach but his touches decreased late in the game.
Depends on the situation. I don't think it's unrealistic to say that
because he's a 7-footer, he has to be a center. He may be a center in
college, but as his career progresses, I think you'll see Hawes fill a
role as a power forward. Power forward or center? It's really of little
consequence. His versatility is one of his best assets – as he continues
to move up the ladder to the college and then pro level, he'll be used in
|His versatility is one of his
There's no need to label him as a center or power forward – he's got
both. In college, guys get put in different positions because of their
size, but to call Spencer Hawes a true center would be stereotyping him
and really that's not what his game is about. He has characteristics of
No. 3 -- His parents made the unfortunate mistake of giving birth to him
in the same year as Greg Oden, so that's why he's not the No. 1 post
player. Kevin Durant is a complete wildcard – a 6-9 three-point shooter
who is almost a full year younger than everyone else in the class. Durant
may be one of the big, big players five years from now. He's got that kind
of potential. So that's why Spencer Hawes checks in at No. 3. The Top 5 in
2006 are destined to make a lot of money. College basketball should feel
very fortunate, because in the past, guys like Oden, Durant and Hawes
don't participate in college athletics.
Overall, offensively and defensively, he continues to make progress. When
you're looking at high school kids and evaluating for college, one of the
key questions is – How much improvement have good players made when they
leave high school? You look at Spencer Hawes and he's advanced his game to
another level, whereas a lot of elite guys in his class are just motoring
along. Hawes continues to improve and guys like that have an amazing track
record for being big-time performers on the college level.