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June 18, 2007 at 2:05 PM

Hawes speaks

Spencer Hawes just concluded a teleconference with local reporters to discuss his decision to leave UW and stay in the NBA Draft.
Among the highlights:
— Hawes said he has yet to hire an agent, saying “that’s the next step in the process.”
— He will likely attend the NBA Draft in New York on June 28.
— He will likely have at least one more workout, with Atlanta, which has the No. 3 and No. 11 picks in the draft.
— Despite the thought that this was pre-ordained almost from the moment he arrived at UW, Hawes insisted he didn’t finalize the decision until just hours ago.
“Two days ago I talked with coach Romar and then from there I probably decided the night before,” he said. “I talked it over with my dad and was kind of back and forth. But at the end of the day, putting everything together, this made the most sense.”
— Hawes said the thought of returning for another year to try and improve his stock was something he never really gave consideration, saying that can be something that only adds pressure and causes distraction for a player. But he did say returning to improve his legacy at UW was a motivating factor to return, though ultimately not enough. “That’s something that still eats away at me now and I think it will continue to for the rest of my life,” he said. “But when it came down to it and weighed everything, in my mind, I made the best decision for me and my situation and I can’t look back at what could have been or would have been.”
— UW coach Lorenzo Romar spoke after Hawes and said that while they hoped Hawes would return, they had been planning for his leaving for quite some time. He said Joe Wolfinger is running and playing two-on-two and three-on-three and should be ready to go for the trip to Greece in August. That will be a critical trip to see just how ready Wolfinger is to be a major contributor next season.
— Romar indicated that UW isn’t likely to add any more players for next season, saying “if you just look at our numbers, they are where they need to be.” As we detailed earlier, UW now has 13 players on scholarship for next season, which is the limit.

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