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April 30, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Info on Hawes, draft

Here’s a fairly lengthy interview with Spencer Hawes from DraftExpress.com that also promises a second part coming tomorrow (Tuesday).
Nothing really earth-shaking in part one, though he does shed some light on how he plans to approach the next month or so until he heads to the pre-draft camp, and what he plans to do once he gets there.
Also from DraftExpress is this list of players who declared for Early Entry to the draft — the deadline was Sunday. The deadline to pull back out is June 18.
The final Pac-10 tally reads like this:
UCLA — Arron Afflalo, who is definitely gone having already declared once before.
USC — Nick Young, definitely gone; Gabe Pruitt, testing the waters and could be back.
Cal — DeVon Hardin, could pull out but sounds as if he wants to stay in.
Arizona — Marcus Williams, who has already hired an agent and is definitely gone.
Washington — Hawes, who is probably not coming back.
Oregon State — Marcel Jones, testing the waters and almost certain to be back.
Nobody from Stanford, Arizona State, Washington State or Oregon declared early.
None of these decisions are really surprising so it’s hard to tell if there will be much impact since most of the teams built their rosters for the future knowing that the guys who likely aren’t coming back wouldn’t be back.
USC, for instance, has O.J. Mayo coming in to replace Young. Mayo, obviously, seems like a real wildcard, so who knows how that will really work out, but the point is the Trojans have made plans for not having Young after this season.
Pruitt might be the bigger loss since he plays point guard and the Trojans really picked it up this year once he started to play well.
While Afflalo’s loss will hurt UCLA a little, the Bruins were helped by the fact that no one else decided to go, particularly point guard Darren Collison. With Collison back and Kevin Love coming in next year, the Bruins shouldn’t miss a beat and could be the No. 1 team in the country heading into the season.
Williams could be addition by subtraction at Arizona.
The team that could have the most on the line in the next month or so is Cal, which would greatly benefit from another year of Hardin. With a healthy Hardin paired with Ryan Anderson, the Bears could be a dangerous team next season.

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