April 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM
C.J. Wilcox tells UW he’s returning to school
A picture says a thousands words.
Washington junior C.J. Wilcox posted this photo on Instagram this morning announcing he’s returning to school for his senior season.
The 6-5 and 185-pound shooting guard had been weighing a decision to leave school early and declare for the NBA draft.
An evaluation of his draft potential from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which consists of general managers and player personnel executives, projected he would be a picked in the second round.
Wilcox’s return is a major coup for Washington, which lost three senior starters who were among the team’s top four scorers.
Despite a foot injury late in the season, Wilcox averaged 16.8 points, which was sixth best in the Pac-12 last season. He led Washington in points, minutes (34.8 per game) and steals (37). He was second with 35 blocks and third with 65 assists.
Wilcox ranked second in the conference with 75 three-pointers and was named second team all-Pac-12.
Losing Wilcox would have been a major blow to Washington, which finished 18-16 and was sixth in the Pac-12 last season.
However, he’s a legitimate conference MVP candidate and his return makes the Huskies a contender for the league title.
Washington adds senior forward Perris Blackwell, who sat out last season due to transfer rules, to the mix. The Huskies also picked up a recruiting class that’s ranked 29th nationally by ESPN.com and features McDonald’s All-American guard Nigel Williams-Goss.
The timing of Wilcox’s decision is curious. The NBA deadline for underclassmen to apply for early entry to the draft is April 28 and it was believed Wilcox would wait until the last minute before announcing his decision.
There’s an opinion Wilcox’s decision to return to UW could help the Huskies recruit junior Mike Moser, who will reportedly leave UNLV. It’s believed he’s visiting Oregon and Washington this weekend. With Wilcox in the fold, the Huskies can make a stronger pitch to Moser, a 6-8 forward who averaged 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists last season.
Oregon and Washington are likely destinations for Moser. His hometown is Portland and UW was his second choice when he came out of high school. He picked UCLA and played one season for the Bruins. Transfer rules prohibited him from going to UW when he left in 2010.
As a sophomore, Moser averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds at UNLV.