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April 19, 2013

Wilcox makes the right choice




When it came time to make his decision Washington junior guard C.J. Wilcox looked to his father, Craig Wilcox, for guidance.

The two talked about it, got some input from head coach Lorenzo Romar, and came to the conclusion it was best to return for his senior season at Washington.

"My dad and I were talking and thinking back to about when I first got here and the vision to redshirt my first year and have that last year to become the best player that I can be and lead the team Wilcox said Thursday," Wilcox said.

"It was definitely one of the hardest decisions I made. There was a lot of information that goes into the whole process. I definitely went back-and-forth. At the end of the day I decided it was best to come back."

Lorenzo Romar added to that saying, "I can't say I was surprised either way. I think he was really torn."

Unlike Terrance Ross, who declared for the NBA after just his sophomore season, Wilcox wasn't projected to go high in the first round. At best, he was looking at getting selected in the late first round to mid second round.

Last year freshman point guard Tony Wroten Jr. declared for the NBA draft and was selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.

In his first year Wroten has played in thirty-five games this season averaging 2.6 points per/game and 1.2 assists per/game in 7.8 minutes per/game. Wroten only saw more than ten minutes of action in nine games. The last time he appeared for more than ten minutes in a game was March 12th against Portland where he played thirteen minutes.

While that might not have played into Wilcox's decision he wasn't going to risk it after hearing back from twenty NBA teams.

"Most of the projections were late first round to mid second round." he said. "We got feedback from twenty teams, so it wasn't the whole thirty. Basically it was stuff that everyone already knew. So it wasn't a shock when we got it back."

"I met with agents to see what they were hearing. I mean, it wasn't much of a shock, I was just trying to get as much information as possible."

One common response that Wilcox got from NBA teams was his lack of athleticism, something Romar and Wilcox agreed he could work on.

"A lot of the NBA doesn't know that I'm athletic and that I'm more than a stand-still shooter. I need to continue to work on ball-handling and getting to the free throw line more. I need to be more of a leader and help the team get more wins."

Those wins now seem a lot easier to come by with forward Perris Blackwell eligible to play along with incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss and possibly UNLV junior forward Mike Moser. Moser did not immediately respond when asked if Wilcox returning has any impact on his interest in Washington.

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