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June 2, 2008 at 4:23 PM

More on Wilcox

Just got off the phone a little while ago with Craig Wilcox, the father of guard C.J. Wilcox of Pleasant Grove, Utah, who confirmed that his son is committing to play for the Huskies.
C.J. Wilcox had narrowed his choices to Utah and UW and spent the weekend mulling it over before deciding on the Huskies. He had taken an unofficial visit to UW in May after which he narrowed his choices to Utah and Washington.
“We liked the University of Washington but at the same time we were very, very intrigued by Utah,” Craig Wilcox said. “Basically, we felt like both of those schools would be great options, and we just sat on it for a couple of weeks and allowed C.J. to basically go through the process on his own.
“As a family this weekend we just sat down and I tried to gauge how committed he was trying to convince him to take more visits and talk positively about Utah and their coaching staff. But he still felt very confident in his decision, so with that being the case, I just said if you are that confident, let’s just make it official.”
Wilcox also had offers from Florida State and Miami and Cal was also trying to get in the mix.
But UW coaches began recruiting Wilcox hard a few months ago after seeing him at an AAU tournament in Houston, becoming intrigued by his long-range shooting ability in a 6-5 frame.
That was a rare AAU tournament for Wilcox, who hasn’t played in too many such events with his father preferring that he spend more time in private workouts. Craig Wilcox said he thinks that’s one reason his son his rated higher by recruiting services.
“He’s not highly ranked, but there are plenty of coaches who say ‘he has to be in the top 40,”’ he said. “I heard that from coaches at the University of Miami and Florida State and they all were just intrigued that we were not on the AAU circuit but just at home getting better.”
Craig Wilcox, who was a guard at BYU from 1993-95, said he simply felt his son would improve more spending the majority of his time working out privately rather than playing in AAU tournaments.
He said his son has shot 20,000 to 30,000 shots from March to August every year since eighth grade honing the shooting ability that is the strength of his game.
Wilcox is UW’s first commit for the class of 2009 and will join what suddenly looks like a pretty loaded backcourt for the Huskies with Isaiah Thomas, Scott Suggs and Elston Turner Jr., all coming in this season.
Craig Wilcox said other coaches “talked about that” but that his son feels he will fit in just fine.
“He has a specialty and I just felt like that specialty can be (used) anywhere,” he said. “When you are about 6-5-and-a-half and can shoot the three the way he can shoot it, you can play almost anywhere and be a fit, no matter who is out on the court.”
Wilcox also has a cumulative GPA of around 3.5, his father said, and should have no issues becoming eligible.
I’ll have more later.

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