As of now, Spencer Hawes has no regrets about his decision to leave UW for the NBA. But he was gracious Thursday about what he gained from his lone season as a Husky.
"(I learned) so much about dealing with the good and bad and the ups and downs you can have in the course of a season," he said. "It taught me a lot and how to deal with different kinds of things on and off the court."
Hawes also seemed especially hopeful that Sacramento is that right situation he had long talked about. That's probably what you'd expect almost any draft pick to say, but according to UW coach Lorenzo Romar, Hawes was hopeful about Sacramento even before the draft.
"Out of the chances that he had and talked about, that was a place that he was excited about," Romar said. "It's on the West Coast. He's familiar with them, and I know that he's really pleased to be going to Sacramento. We're just pumped. We're fired up for him.
"He studied all the teams quite a bit in depth that he thought he might have a chance to go to. Sacramento was one of those that he throught – in regard to location and how they played in the past and what type of bigs have been succesful with them – it was a place he thought he could do well in."
A few other draft day quotes that didn't make my story for the Friday paper:
HAWES ON WAITING TO HEAR HIS NAME CALLED
"It's extremely nerve-wracking. Five mintes seems like 50 when you're just sitting there and watching the clock tick away. But I'm lucky that I didn't have to wait too long."
ROMAR ON IF HAWES IS READY
"Early, people questioned why he would do it. You heard people say he's not be ready. And you know what? Physically he may not be ready at this point. He's got some things that he has to learn. But, as I continue to say, the NBA felt he was going to help them, and they backed that up by picking him 10th. Now when I say ready, that doesn't mean he can't playin the NBA. He can definitely play in the NBA. We just haven't seen the finished product at all from Spencer Hawes.
"There's not a big player in the draft that is more skilled than Spencer Hawes. He can pass the ball with his left hand, his right hand, he can shoot the ball with his left hand or right hand, he can step outside and knock the shot down. … I think Spencer will do just fine."
"He wants to be the best. He's very very coachable. You teach him something, and he's all eyes and he's really trying to learn what you're telling him."