September 11, 2008

Hawes Talks Husky Hoops

Former Husky hoop star Spencer Hawes is getting ready for his sophomore campaign in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings. Last season as a rookie, Hawes averaged 13:05 minutes, 4.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and nearly an assist per game despite missing the beginning of the season after arthroscopic knee surgery. Hawes spent the off-season working hard and it showed as he dominated the NBA Summer League, averaging 17 points and 8.4 rebounds and nearly two assists per game. Hawes has been wrapping up the summer battling it out with many of the current Huskies at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion and had a chance to catch up with him.

"The off-season has been good and it's coming to and end now," explained Hawes. "It's been a great opportunity for me to spend some time in the weight room and on the court working on my deficiencies and shoring everything up."

Hawes hopes the hard work will pay off and sees an expanded role for himself next season.

"I think my role will expand and I will have a great opportunity at the beginning of the season to show what I can do and then just go from there."

So what does Hawes think of the new look Huskies?

"I think they are real good and they are getting back to that old brand of Romar basketball. They are smaller so they can get up and down the court more and beat teams with athleticism and defense. It's going to be fun to watch this year and I always look forward to seeing those guys play that style of ball. I think they have a real good opportunity to turn some heads."

One player that has really caught his eye is former Curtis High School standout Isaiah Thomas. Thomas has spent the last two seasons at South Kent Prep School where he turned heads himself and got the Husky fans excited about what he will bring in 2008.

"Isaiah is a little spark plug out there and he makes things happen - whether he's scoring or making other people better - he will be a great addition. He fits into the system very well and will make some people say wow."

Hawes didn't just talk about Husky basketball and after the controversial penalty last Saturday that ultimately cost the Husky football team the win over BYU, Hawes wanted to give his two-cents.

"Put it on the record - I call bull. It is an absolute technicality and I know it is a point of emphasis. If you have a guy leading his team down the field on the drive of his college career and all he did was toss the ball up in the air - how do you call that? It's not like he threw it at the other team or like he was taunting them. You need to take into exception that A - he's the best player on the field and B - the type of player he is. He doesn't taunt and he never showboats. He just playing with emotion and he says it got the best of him but I don't think it got the best of him. He just got the ball out of his hands so he could celebrate with his teammates."

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