Monday , Jun , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Washington’s Hawes remains in NBA Draft

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – University of Washington center Spencer Hawes
has decided to remain in the NBA Draft and forgo his remaining three years of
collegiate eligibility.

Hawes announced his decision to test the NBA waters on April 5 and went
through the process of meeting with officials and going through workouts to
determine his status. He could be a top-10 pick in the June 28 draft.

“After meeting with everyone, getting all the appropriate feedback and going
through the entire evaluative process, I made a decision I believe is the best
for my future and that is to remain eligible for the NBA Draft,” said Hawes on
Monday. “The decision to further my career in the NBA at this point in time
was difficult. Every day I had different feelings about it. But, at the end of
the day, I have to be realistic and trust my instincts.”

“The fact that our team struggled a bit last season made the decision not to
return to Washington very difficult, Hawes added. “Certainly, there are some
things I would have liked to accomplish in college. But, I feel I made the
best decision to my family and my future.”

The Huskies were 19-13 last season and Hawes led the team with an average of
14.9 points per game. He shot 53.2 percent from the field and was second on
the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.

“Spencer is obviously very talented. We think so and the NBA thinks so,” said
Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. “Spencer has a great opportunity in front
of him and we wish him the best. One of the important character traits that
really describes Spencer is the fact that during the spring quarter he
completed every one of his classes and remained an outstanding student at the
University of Washington.”

Hawes was a first-team All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection and an honorable
mention all-conference pick. He established two new school freshman records
with 461 points and 54 blocked shots.