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Hawes declares for NBA draft, will not hire agent

SEATTLE -- Washington freshman center Spencer Hawes said Thursday he will declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Huskies.

The 7-footer was slowed by injuries and illness for part of his freshman season, but still led the Huskies in scoring with nearly 15 points per game.

Hawes had until April 29 to state his intentions on the draft. By declaring and not hiring an agent, Hawes can participate in predraft camps and decide before June 18 whether to stay in the draft or return to Washington for his sophomore season.

The Huskies went 19-13, their season ending with a loss to rival Washington State in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals. It was the
first time in four years that the Huskies failed to make the NCAA tournament.