California coach Mike Montgomery talked about Washington this morning on the Pac-12 weekly teleconference.
He compared C.J. Wilcox to Golden Bears junior Allen Crabbe, who leads the conference with a 21.4 scoring average. Wilcox is fourth at 18.4.
(On UW’s high post) “Well they’ve changed their offense a little bit. It’s stuff we’ve seen from them before. They’re not exclusively running the motion (offense) they’ve typically run before. Last year of course they had (Tony) Wroten. The ball was in his hands a lot and he created a lot of stuff for people and the high-firing (Terrence) Ross. They still have the great shooting wings in (Scott) Suggs and (C.J.) Wilcox, which they’ve always had. They still got (Aziz) N’Diaye inside, the big monster. So there’s a lot of similarities to what they’ve always done. They’ve just tried to move away from maybe what they’ve done because of depth. They may not have the depth they’ve had in the past. He’s looked at some different things to create different opportunities.
(What are the keys to defending the high-post?) “Not sure what you’re referring to the high-post. It’s not anything different. It’s the old UCLA high-post rub. It’s nothing revolutionary. It’s just a 1-4 set and they enter it with the wing or they can enter it with the post on the thing. The key is guarding the people who can shoot the ball.”
(What do you see in Wilcox?) “I see a player a lot like Crabbe that has evolved from a primary shooter to a guy that can put it on the floor. That’s gotten multi-faceted and guy that’s putting up big numbers.”