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December 1, 2006 at 2:46 PM

Hawes gets aggressive

There’s been some talk on this and other message boards about whether Spencer Hawes is living up to his hype so far.
A lot of people might have expected Hawes to be averaging more than 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds given all the accolades he brought with him to Montlake.
But UW coach Lorenzo Romar isn’t the least bit concerned about Hawes’ play to date.
Romar says the reason Hawes’ numbers might not be what some would have expected is the fact that he missed the first month of practice after having knee surgery.
That not only cost Hawes a month, but also meant the rest of the team went a month without learning how to play with Hawes.
“People want to say it doens’t matter, but it does matter,” Romar said. “You’re not going to be as sharp.”
Hawes is making 57 percent of his shots, the best percentage on the team, and also has 13 assists, the third-most on the team and evidence of his uncommon passing ability.
“If there’s anything we’d like to see Spencer do it’s rebound more,” Romar said Friday.
Hawes agrees, having said before the Idaho game Wednesday that he wasn’t happy with his rebounding. So against the Vandals, he grabbed nine in 22 minutes.
Hawes said he was “being more aggressive.” He said he had previously been so concerned about boxing out correctly that he had sometimes neglected to go get the ball.
Hawes said he’s close to 100 percent but that he still feels some pain from the scarring in the knee.
It’s also worth noting that the Huskies have tried to keep Hawes’ minutes down in games where it hasn’t been necessary to play him much. He’s played more than 25 minutes only once, when he went for 30 minutes against Northern Iowa.
In that game, as Romar pointed out, he scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds.
“He’s going to be fine,” Romar said.
There was no other real personnel news of note out of practice Friday as Romar said the lineup will remain as it was against Idaho.

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