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June 18, 2007 at 8:09 PM

Last thoughts on Hawes

Some final thoughts on Spencer Hawes and then we’ll begin moving on.
In fact, I went to see the team conduct its afternoon run today in an effort to get some player reaction to Hawes’ departure and came away with lots of thoughts on what I saw that I will share in a day or so (for the record, Justin Holiday is the only true frosh on campus right now; all the vets were there but Joe Wolfinger and Joel Smith, who have returned home for a little while).
There was nothing earth-shattering in Hawes’ comments on why he’s leaving. He’s leaving basically because it makes the most financial sense, especially since he said he never considered the thought of coming back so he could move up a few spots next year. Hawes said that wouldn’t be worth it since he’d just be worrying all year about where his stock was. But there’s also a thought out there that Hawes would never be a top five pick or so, so if he’s going to be in the top 10 or so now, why take any risk? As Hawes said “if you go 6-8-10, what’s the difference?”
As for why go now, he said “I looked at it as an opportunity to provide for myself and my family for the rest of my lifetime.”
And while some of you have remarked how he doesn’t really need money since he lives on Queen Anne and all that, there’s a difference between that money and the $4 million or so guaranteed he’s about to get.
One interesting thing Hawes said was when he was asked if he had talked to Brandon Roy and Martell Webster — the questioner obviously was hinting that the two players have had differing NBA careers and that each might have given Hawes cautious advice.
But Hawes refuted any suggestion that Webster had made a mistake coming out when he did, saying “both of them made the best decisions they could have made.”
Hawes also defended his athleticism, saying he thinks he’s more athletic than he’s given credit for; and also defended himself against the reports of his physical at Orlando noting that Kevin Durant also did poorly in some of those tests and that “it’s hard to judge how you play basketball based on how high your vertical is or things like that.”
He agreed that he needs to get stronger but indicated he doesn’t think that will be much of a problem, noting natural growth could take care of a lot of it.
As for where he’ll be picked, he said he hoped to go in the lottery but he wasn’t going to drive himself crazy thinking about it.
As I wrote in an earlier post, he also discussed that it will always “eat at me” the way his season went. He also said he planned to come back to UW to finish his degree.
He also said he anticipated UW being a more up-tempo team next year without him.
I spoke primarily with Jon Brockman at the workout today, and he said that the news wasn’t a shock.
“I think a lot of us had kind of been expecting it,” he said.
Brockman said he thought Hawes was legitimately torn in what he wanted to do at times during the process, saying Hawes “wishes he could do both (stay at UW and turn pro) but he knows he can’t.”
Brockman, Hawes’ closest friend, had held out hope that being a college player was growing on Hawes and might convince him to stay. But Brockman said that from his view, the more Hawes got into the draft process “he started leaning toward the NBA thing.”
While some of you have expressed unhappiness, and even anger, over Hawes’ decision, that’s not something you’ll get from any of the players.
As Brockman said “that’s the goal of all of us.”
Brockman added that he was “proud of him” and that “I have no doubt he will be a success. But he’ll still be around. He’s still a part of our team. He’s still a Husky.”
JONES RETURNS TO OREGON STATE: I’d almost forgotten that OSU’s Marcel Jones was still considering heading to the NBA (sources have indicated to me this was more serious than a lot of people might have thought). But he decided today to return, as is detailed in this story, and that will only help the Beavers next season and make the Pac-10 that much tougher.



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