Hawes Going Through The Process

Class of 2006 top prospects seem to be on the fast track to early college decisions. Guys are popping each week but is it right for the player and the program? Elite center Spencer Hawes doesn't think so and he's looking forward to his fall slate of official visits...

Spencer Hawes, Scout.com's No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2006, could pick up the phone and commit to any college in the country. For a 6-foot-11 guy from Seattle Prep who runs the floor and can score with each hand around the basket, it would be that easy for him.

However, Hawes isn't like other members of this 2006 class. He's not even close to being ready to make a decision.

"I don't know enough about the school and the places to say 'yes' or 'no' to anyone," Hawes said. "It's one of the biggest decisions of your life. You can't expect a 16 or 17 year old to decide that early."

And Hawes won't.

Currently, he's got a lengthy list that includes Washington, Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas, UCLA and Stanford. Stanford and Duke have not offered but he is currently engrossed in the Stanford admissions application, filling out the essay part.

Hawes said that he won't succumb to making a decision based on someone else's timetable. "It's a domino effect. Once one goes, it kind of sets it off. I find that very strange. There's a lot of pressure on a kid when coaches tell you ‘we're going on you and someone else.'"

So, where is Hawes in the process? That's easy; he's in the information gathering stage of the whole deal. "It's my responsibility to find out all I can," Hawes said.

The next time he really gets to find out about colleges could come after the July evaluation period. Hawes is thinking about a working vacation which would include some unofficial visits. "Possibly up the East Coast, but it's not that far in the process," Hawes said. "It would be a nice little trip."

For now, Hawes is focusing on a summer goal of narrowing his choices so he can hit the fall visit trail. "I want to try some unofficial visits once the July period ends. It'll give me a better idea of what I want to do in the fall with the official visits."

Could a kid from Seattle really leave the area with the hoops rebirth that the Huskies are experiencing? Wouldn't it be hard to leave the West Coast? "That's something, going away, that's part of the experience … growing up," Hawes said. "It would be difficult but it wouldn't make or break the situation."

Hawes will be getting plenty of attention come September. At this rate, with so many elite players commmiting early, he'll be one of the only prominent national prospects still uncommitted, but he's set on doing it his way, learning about the schools and going through the process.

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