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April 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

What they’re saying about C.J. Wilcox

Here’s a sampling of what folks are saying about Washington junior C.J. Wilcox, who is considering leaving school early to enter the NBA draft.

WASHINGTON COACH LORENZO ROMAR:

(On Wilcox) “I think he’s torn. He thinks he’s an NBA basketball player. It’s just a matter of being able to come in through the front door with as much security as you can get.

(On Wilcox taking his time) “This is a huge decision. You just want to make sure if you go or if you come back you know exactly why you’re doing either one. You want to go through, let the information marinate. Go over again. Talk through it so that you  know you’ve made the best decision possible with the information that you have. I just think they want to be sure.

(On talk about Wilcox being a second-round pick) “I don’t think very many come out of college saying I know I’m going to be a second-round pick and that’s OK. I think all of them come out saying well that’s what they think, but they don’t really understand how good I am. I’m going to show them in these workouts. I’m going to work my way into the first round or into the lottery. A lot of times that doesn’t happen, but there are exceptions.”

EASTERN CONFERENCE FRONT-OFFICE EXECUTIVE:

(On the upside for Wilcox if he returns to school) “He has one thing that he can do. He can stroke it. He can go back to school and work on his game. The things that are missing from his game right now is handling the ball. Finishing at the rim. Making his team better and losing that label of just being a shooter. I don’t think he can become a better athlete, but he can show people at the next level that he can use his athleticism in more ways than shooting. There’s something to be said for being a better leader.”

(On Wilcox’s relative lack of production at Washington) “When you dive into it, what did C.J. really do in three years at Washington? He played with two other first-round picks (Tony) Wroten and (Terrence) Ross and they didn’t win any games. When you really look at it, they didn’t win any games. You going to say that’s on Coach Romar? I don’t know. That’s a lot of talent. You’re talking about three potential first-round picks.”

(On other underclassmen at the shooting guard position) Victor Oladepo, Shabazz Muhammad, Archie Goodwin, Jamaal Franklin, Allen Crabbe and Russ Smith. Tim Hardaway is a junior and he might come out. Is he better than C.J.? He might be. He may not be as good a shooter, but you saw that dunk in the (national title game). That shows athleticism. Brandon Paul from Illinois. He’s a senior, but he’s in the mix. Tony Snell from New Mexico. That kid has got unbelievable ball skills. These are all the guys when we sit down and put it up on the board, these are the guys C.J. is going against. It’s not a great class, but guys who in a couple of years might be pretty doggone good.”

EASTERN CONFERENCE SCOUT:

(On Wilcox’s scouting report) “Over the course of the year, C.J.’s stock dropped quite a bit. People that I’ve talked to that weren’t really paying attention to him started to label him more of a streaky shooter than a good shooter. He’s not physical. People have given him credit for his length and athleticism. Still they don’t want to go quite as far as saying he’s soft, but that’s the impression that he leaves with a lot of people. And he’s still not able to get his own shot. When you look around at the draft at the guys that play the same position, there’s quite a few guys that are better than C.J.”

(On the benefits of Wilcox returning to school) “It would give him another year to work on his body. He really needs to work on his body. With that he’s going to be more comfortable with the physical play. He’s going to be more comfortable attacking the basket. He’s going to get to the free throw line. And it’s going to put him in a position to be more of a versatile scorer than a guy who can just catch and shoot. If he can develop a game off the dribble where he can create a shot for himself or other guys, then you got people seeing him in a whole different light.”

(On benefits of declaring for the draft) “I don’t know what his team will look like next year. Is Mike Moser going to Washington? Because if the does that could change things. … Right now, I don’t see (Wilcox) getting drafted, but it only takes one guy. If one team likes you, that’s all it takes. We saw that happen with a couple of Pac-12 kids last year. Look at Wroten and Jared Cunningham.”

DRAFT EXPRESS PRESIDENT JONATHAN GIVONY:

(On the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee report) “It’s reliable in the sense in it’s the right people that you’re talking to. It’s good information, but it’s not binding by any means and it’s conservative. It’s very preliminary. But it’s the best information that he can get right now. I was told Jared Cunningham last year they told him second round and late second round. He went in the first round. But I’m sure there’s other guys that were the opposite. You can’t predict two months in advance what’s going to happen. There’s too many variables.”

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