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May 23, 2007 at 10:13 AM

Hawes a Bull?; other notes

Seems to be the consensus that Spencer Hawes won’t get past the Chicago Bulls, who were awarded the No. 9 pick in the draft in Tuesday’s lottery.
Here’s one mock draft sending Hawes to the Bulls, a team that has made it known it is looking for a big man, as this story from the Chicago Sun Times again makes clear.
Hawes’ competition also got a little lighter with the news that Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert is apparently pulling himself out of the draft. Hibbert says he’s rather stay another year and take a chance on moving up to one of the top three spots, something that hasn’t seemed as important to Hawes.
Hawes has said the overall situation is as important as how high in the draft he goes, and Chicago would seem to be something that he’d likely consider a good fit.
Even before the lottery was held Tuesday, however, I had one person who is pretty knowledgable tell me that he’d be “shocked” if Hawes were to return to UW.
Some of you have said you’re tired of Hawes talk, so I’ll throw in a few other notes I’ve gotten in the last few days:
—- The team isn’t doing much right now with the end of school approaching. Mostly, players are doing conditioning work in the morning and then informal pickup games in the afternoon. Things will pick up a bit more in the summer when some of the incoming players are expected to arrive.
—- Adrian Oliver has been absent from some of the recent work with a stiff back.
—- The players catching people’s eyes in the informal games are Justin Dentmon, who has lost some weight and appears back to his freshman form; and Quincy Pondexter, beginning to more consistently flash some of his obvious talent. With Hawes likely gone, the focus of UW’s offense will undoubtedly shift more in Pondexter’s direction, and if the Huskies return to their more uptempo ways, Pondexter could flourish.
—- Joe Wolfinger continues to progress from his foot injury, but he’s still a ways away from being able to compete fully. The hope is that he will be able to play in the games in Greece in late August and early September. How he does there will more accurately determine what kind of role he will be able to play next season. Everyone remains hopeful he will recover, but his injury is a tricky one for big men (it’s basically what Bill Walton had) so it’s still pretty early in the process to assume how much he might be able to do next season.
—- As I wrote in the comments section a few days ago, there are lots of rumors out there that Artem Wallace wasn’t driving the car and that his status at UW likely won’t be impacted much by his recent legal situation. However, the police are still investigating and that, obviously, is the only official word. That investigation isn’t expected to be completed until next month, at which time charges could be filed.



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