Welcome to the University of Washington. Spencer Hawes (left), the leading scorer on the UW men's basketball team, invited us over to check out his apartment. The 7-foot center shares his place with fellow freshman Phil Nelson (right), who also starts for the Huskies. Let's check out the crib...
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In Spencer's room you can see a number of prized possessions. On the wall is a collection of signed trading cards from the McDonald's All-American game, including Texas' Kevin Durant and North Carolina's Brandan Wright. On top of the bookshelf is a signed photo of Ken Griffey Jr. "My mom told me not to bring the (Griffey picture)," he said. "She was scared it'd get stolen or something."
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Here's a close-up of the custom-made Air Jordan's on the shelf. Nike actually sewed "GIB HAWES" into the first pair. "I don't know how you mess up GIB with BIG, but I ended up with two pairs," Hawes said.
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Did we already mention he was a McDonald's All-American? Add that to a list of honors that include: the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington, All-American accolades from Parade Magazine and EA Sports, and state tournament MVP after leading his Seattle Prep Panthers to the class 3A title.
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Here's a quick glance in the closet. More Air Jordan's and a bunch of empty hangers. To be fair, Spencer grew up in Seattle -- just minutes from campus -- so much of his wardrobe is at home.
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It's hard not to trip over all these shoes. Amid the mass of Air Jordans we spot a couple pairs of Adidas in the back.
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In Phil's room, Spencer tries to set up an action shot. "Pick that one!" he repeats, as our photographer takes a couple shots. With Spencer as a reference point, that tower of shoe boxes must be nearly seven feet tall -- apparently both are avid collectors of the foot wear.
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Spencer relaxes on Phil's bed as his teammate loads up the deleted scenes from "Friday." Phil, we're digging the basketball sheets.
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The living room features lots of seating space, numerous posters of the walls and a healthy collection of DVDs. "It doesn't have unlimited potential," Hawes said. "It is what you make it." He went to admit that teammate Hans Gasser has the hangout place. "Hans has a penthouse: with this big HD- TV, high ceilings, nice couches and everything."
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"Old School" is Spencer's DVD of choice. "Every time I watch it, it gets funnier and funnier," Hawes said. Except it was Will Ferrell's alma mater, USC, that got the last laugh in a double overtime match-up with the Dawgs earlier this year.
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"Is this beanbag new?" Spencer yells his inquiry to Phil in the other room. "This is sweet!" Having endured some injuries and illnesses, he appears to enjoy a little R&R. You might wonder why he is staring off into the corner with the TV behind him, but their living room features two televisions.
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Here's a better view of the television set-up. The Sonics game is on one screen and on the other Spencer tries to watch Michael J. Fox's "Teen Wolf." "Is that Sasquatch?" he asks. "Does he stay Sasquatch after the game?"
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Halfway through our tour, it is time for a snack. Here's a look at the 'fridge. Whenever the food runs out, Spencer just goes back to his parents' place for a home-cooked meal. "I love Phil, but he's not quite the cook my mom is," Hawes said.
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Here's the bathroom. Two showers, two toilets and lots of space. It's pretty clean, but that shower- head looks awfully short for the tallest guy on campus.
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In the FIBA U-18 World Championship's, Spencer led Team USA to the gold medal with a 24-point, 10-rebound performance in the final against Argentina. The coach of the national team was a familiar face for the youngster, none other than current Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar.
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Spencer keeps up with his studies on this laptop. But it looks as though he's too busy studying up on the opponent, as the Huskies hope to make a late run for a bid to the NCAA Tournament. "The hardwood is my classroom," Hawes jokes.
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