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March 4, 2011 at 8:14 PM

C.J. Wilcox expresses support for Brandon Davies

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Washington redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox expressed support for BYU basketball player Brandon Davies (right) who was suspended for the season for violating the school’s honor code.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Davies broke the school’s rule against premarital sex.
Wilcox grew up in Pleasant Grove, Utah and he’s friends with Davies, who attended nearby Provo High.
“I was shocked to hear it,” Wilcox said. “His girlfriend, I grew up and went to high school with her. So it’s just tough to see somebody like a close friend go through something like that.”
Davies, a 6-9 sophomore forward, was averaging 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 29 games. School officials said they hope Davies returns next season.
(How close are you to Davies?) “We’re cool. We kind of split and went our separate ways. I came up here and he went to BYU so we haven’t really talked. But I called him the other day. My dad has called him. We’ve left messages saying we’re here for him and things like that.”
(Did you go to the same high school?) “No. I was supposed to go to that high school, but I stayed at Pleasant Grove. We just played against each other all the time in the summer and during the season.”
(And you went to high school with his girlfriend?) “Yeah. She played volleyball at my high school. Now she plays at Arizona. I just knew him growing up playing basketball.”
(How close were you to going to BYU?) “I wouldn’t say close. Top five. Maybe. It was just growing up I didn’t think I would go there even though my dad went there. It was just never something I really wanted to do.”
(Did it have to do with their honor code?) “No. I just wanted to get out of Utah and do something different.”
(You’ve still got ties to BYU. What do you think about what this situation?) “It’s tough. Both of my parents went to BYU so I kind of knew all of the rules they had to go through. It’s really hard to follow all of those rules. But you sign the code. It’s still tough though.”
(Ever play the what-if game and think how your life would be different if you chose BYU?) “One of my best friends (Tyler Haws) plays at BYU. A lot of those guys I grew up playing against. I don’t really think about playing with them, but it’s good to see them doing so well.”
Photo credit: AP Photo – Isaac Brekken

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