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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

November 11, 2008 at 10:31 PM

Anybody noticing what Spencer Hawes is doing?

About 18 months ago or so, there was a lot of debate on this site about whether Spencer Hawes was making a big mistake to leave UW after his freshman season.
I got a lot of e-mails from people telling me what a bust he would be.
There were those who thought he’d be a good player. But those who thought he’d do it pretty quickly were a fairly significant minority.
But it looks like that latter group is being proven right.
Hawes had another nice game for the Sacramento Kings tonight, leading the Kings with 19 points, hitting 9-15 shots, along with six rebounds in 27 minutes.
And that’s just the latest of what have been a string of solid performances to start the year.
For the season, he is averaging 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 52 percent. He’s also averaging two blocks a game and has hit 9-12 three-pointers, having obviously done some massive improvement in that part of his game — he was memorably just 1-3 on three-pointers in his lone UW season, hitting one at the buzzer to send a game against USC into a second overtime, a contest the Huskies ended up losing.
He’s still fouling quite a bit (4.4 per game), indicative of what figured to be his biggest transition to the NBA — playing defense. But he’s cut down his turnovers, and is also averaging just over one steal per game as all of his numbers are much better than they were a year ago.
Not bad for a guy who just turned 20 last April and is still maturing into his body.
Sadly for UW fans, however, they got just brief glimpses of that talent during an injury- and illness-marred season that seems destined go down as one of the biggest missed opportunities in the program’s history.

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