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April 16, 2013 at 5:53 AM

C.J. Wilcox not ready to make draft decision

Washington junior guard C.J. Wilcox isn’t ready to decide whether he’ll continue his college career or declare for the NBA draft.

The NCAA early-entry withdrawal deadline is Tuesday and those close to Wilcox say he’s telling the NCAA he’ll return to the Huskies to preserve his collegiate eligibility.

The move gives him 12 more days to make a decision before the NBA’s April 28 deadline when underclassmen must apply for early entry for the draft.

If it sounds like a convoluted plan, then blame the NCAA and NBA which has been unable to agree for years on a system in which college players can transition into pros. The NCAA deadline is silly and benefits no one except college coaches who want some clarity about their rosters before the start of regular signing period on April 17. However, without the help of the NBA, the NCAA’s deadline has no teeth.

Here’s a look at some important dates for underclassmen considering the draft.

April 16: NCAA Early Entry “Withdrawal” Deadline
April 28: NBA Draft Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 pm ET)
May 2: NBA Draft Early Entry Candidates Released – Underclassmen Contact Permitted
May 15-19: NBA Draft Combine (Chicago)
May 21: NBA Draft Lottery
June 17: NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 pm ET)
June 27: 2013 NBA Draft

Here’s an excellent explanation of the NCAA’s idiotic evaluation system from Jonathan Givony, president of DraftExpress.com.

And here’s some draft information on Wilcox starting with his scouting reports by Hoops World and Draft Express.

Here’s where Wilcox lands in the various mock drafts. CBSsports.com (39 – Washington), Draft Express (45 – Milwaukee), Hoops World (41st – Philadelphia) and NBAdraft.net (34 – Cleveland) in 2014.

Chad Ford at ESPN ranks Wilcox 64th among the top 100 NBA prospects. Aran Smith at NBAdraft.net doesn’t include Wilcox among his top 100 NBA prospects. However, he lists Aziz N’Diaye at No. 95.

Draft Express also has a comprehensive list of the underclassmen declaring for the draft.

At this point, California junior Allen Crabbe is the only Pac-12 underclassman who has announced he’s leaving school. Many believe UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad will also declare for the draft.

Colorado junior Andre Roberson and Arizona freshman Grant Jarrett appear as if they’ll also wait until the NBA’s April 28 deadline before making a decision.

Those who have announced they’re returning to school include: UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson, Oregon State’s Eric Moreland and Stanford’s Dwight Powell.

After the season Wilcox had his left foot re-examined and doctors discovered no structural damage. Since February he’s been unable to practice due to soreness,  which helps explain why his play tailed off late in the season. Even still Wilcox averaged 16.8 points, which ranked sixth in the Pac-12.

He led Washington in points, minutes (34.8 per game) and steals (37). He was second with 35 blocks and third with 65 assists. His 75 three-pointers were the second most in the Pac-12. Wilcox was named second team all-conference.

AROUND THE PAC-12:

Nice profile in the Los Angeles Times about new USC coach Andy Enfield.

— Oregon State coach Craig Robinson told the Oregonian: “At some point (Eric Moreland) probably will be a first-round pick.” But that won’t happen this year because the Beavers sophomore forward is returning to school next season.

— In case you missed it, there were more coaching changes on Arizona State’s staff. However, unlike last year when assistants left for similar jobs at similar schools, associate head coach Dedrique Taylor left to become head coach at Cal State Fullerton. The Sun Devils replaced him with Stan Johnson, who had been an assistant the past two seasons at Drake.

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