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June 6, 2007 at 9:03 PM

Hawes impresses in Minnesota

Doesn’t sound as if Spencer Hawes did anything to hurt his draft status during a workout today with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota GM Randy Wittman told Star-Tribune columnist Sid Hartman that he “liked what I saw” out of Hawes, who was one of four players who worked out for the team Wednesday. Florida’s Joakim Noah was one of the others.
Of Hawes, Wittman said “Hawes is a young kid that’s going to have to develop his body a little bit from a strength standpoint, but has got great skills, great feet, great ability to score on the inside.”
Minnesota has the No. 7 pick in the draft.
HOLIDAY VISIT UPCOMING: It’s been well-reported here and elsewhere that Jrue Holiday, UW’s top remaining recruit for the Class of 2008, will be taking an unofficial visit to UW this weekend. He’ll be accompanying his older brother, Justin, who has already signed with UW and is coming up this weekend to begin summer school and workouts.
Brian Dohn of the Los Angeles Daily News reported recently in his blog here that Holiday visited UCLA last weekend and that things went so well, many in Westwood are considering him just about a lock to end up with the Bruins.
OTHER NOTESTo answer a couple of questions that came up in the comments section:
— Rosters are not yet completely set for the exhibition game featuring 11-foot hoops set for June 16 at Hec Ed. They should be shortly and I will report on them here when they are. Brandon Burmeister is expected to play but he may be the only ex-Husky. Hans Gasser had been hoping to play but apparently can’t after having shoulder surgery to repair the injury he first suffered last summer during workouts.
— Speaking of Gasser and Burmeister, they are not expected to make the trip with UW to Greece. Such foreign trips are designed for the team’s current roster and coaches seek these trips out to help prepare their team for the coming season so while graduating seniors may be eligible to go, they usually don’t. Incoming freshmen are not eligible to go on such trips.
— I don’t know of any plans for live TV or radio coverage of UW’s games in Greece and I’m not sure any school gets live coverage of such trips — I haven’t heard of any coverage for WSU’s trip to Australia. It would cost a lot of money to cover what are exhibition games and the time difference would also likely mean the games would start in pretty non-prime time hours.

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