Spencer Hawes says he is healthy again, recovered from his stomach illness and his ankle sprain.
However, he played only 18 minutes today in UW's victory over Oregon State, and coach Lorenzo Romar said he hadn't decided on moving Hawes back into the starting lineup next Thursday when UW visits Arizona State.
Meanwhile, here's a Romar quote on current starting center Artem Wallace: "Artem is one of those guys when you look you say OK, he doesn't shoot free throws very well, he rarely takes an outside shot, we don't see him score that much – why is he in there? He's one of those guys that maybe guys that are offensive minded and you're looking for someone to do what we ask them to do on the defensive end and on the boards: He's that guy. When we give our team a scourt and you quiz them, I guarantee Artem will pass the test with flying colors. He knows everything that's going on out there and he understands what we want. What you don't see is he is strong and physical. He's been banging with Jon Brockman every day for the last couple of years and his body can wear others down. You don't see it. It doesn't show up in the box score. But it's big when guys do what you ask him to do, and he tries to do that with everything that he has."
As I mentioned: Hmm.
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Now Jon Brockman on starting alongside Wallace:
"It's different. He brings some things that Spencer doesn't bring. They're just different people: Spencer brings some things that he doesn't bring. Artem is a great offensive rebounder. He's really physical, and we can really hit the boards hard when he's in there. It's kind of like two dudes going full speed – don't worry about anything just go after the ball. And then when Spencer comes in he brings that offensive force. No one can stop his jump hook or his outside shot."
Finally, Hawes on his play through the first half of the Pac-10 season: "My production has kind of slumped for whatever reason. But I feel confident that I'll be back to it in the next couple of games."
And Hawes on his current role: "Obviously I'd rather be a starter than come off the bench, but it's something I have to get used to."