Hawes played center at Seattle Prep, an elite college-prep school in Seattle, WA. The team won the state championship for the 2005–2006 season and Hawes was named the tournament MVP. He might have entered the 2006 NBA Draft had the NBA not enacted a new rule requiring players to wait a year after their class graduates from high school.
Spencer Hawes debuted for USA Basketball in April 2006 as a member of the 2006 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 109–91 at the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Tenn.
In the Summer of 2006, Hawes led all scorers with 24 points and added 10 rebounds, contributing to a United States men's team victory over Argentina in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas under-18 Championship by a score of 104–82. Overall, Hawes averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds during the... Read More