April 5, 2007
Press Conference Transcript
SEATTLE -- Spencer Hawes, who led all University of Washington scorers as a freshman, announced his intention Thursday to make himself available for the 2007 National Basketball Association draft selection process. As an underclassman, Hawes has until April 29 to file paperwork with the NBA for early entry.
Hawes does not intend to hire an agent, enabling him to retain the option to withdraw from the draft and return for his sophomore season with the Huskies. The deadline to withdraw from draft consideration is June 18. Until then, he is eligible to solicit feedback from NBA personnel and attend the Pre-Draft Camp, May 29 through June 4 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 2007 NBA Draft will be conducted June 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I'm just trying to take advantage of this opportunity to test the waters and see what happens. I'll go to the camps or workouts and try to improve my game and see where I stand," Hawes explained. "I am not planning to sign with an agent, so the door is still open for me to return to UW. I'm still going to classes."
Hawes led the team and ranked 10th among Pac-10 scorers with a 14.9-point average. His 53.2-percent accuracy from the field was the league's fourth-best figure. Hawes ranked second on the team and ninth among Pac-10 players with an average of 6.4 rebounds per game.
The 7-foot center 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.
"The rule was put in place for this very reason, for those who aspire to go to the next level," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. "It gives players the opportunity to go out and test the market and see what the experts think and see if they have the opportunity to reach their lifelong dream. It is great for guys to go out and get a realistic view of what people think about their career. I think it is great that he has this opportunity to go out and explore."
A product of Seattle Prep (Wash.) High School, Hawes was a prep teammate of Martell Webster who currently plays with the Portland Trailblazers. Both of them were McDonald's All-Americans. Webster was the sixth overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Hawes is the nephew of Steve Hawes, a two-time All-American (1971, 1972) at Washington who went on to a 10-year NBA career. Spencer's father, Jeff Hawes, was a three-year Husky basketball letterman from 1972-74.
Washington had three former players leave school early to declare for the NBA Draft, all of them departed after their junior seasons. Nate Robinson was a first-round selection in the 2005 draft, the 21st pick overall by the Phoenix Suns who immediately traded him to New York. Mark Sanford was picked by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 1997 draft, the 30th player overall. Doug Wrenn applied for the 2004 draft, but was not selected.
Washington completed the 2007 campaign with a 19-13 record, capping the regular-season with a 61-51 victory over second-ranked and Final Four qualifier UCLA on March 3. The Huskies finished seventh in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 record.
2007 NBA Draft Timeline
April 29: Application deadline for early-entry into NBA draft
May 29-June 4: NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
June 18: Early entry withdrawal deadline (5 p.m. Eastern Time)
June 28: NBA Draft in New York