May 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM
C.J. Wilcox undergoes foot surgery
C.J. Wilcox underwent surgery Friday on his left foot, which hampered him last season.
The procedure was considered a success, according to a release from Washington. He had his fifth metatarsal stabilized to alleviate the stress fracture in his foot.
Wilcox is expected to return before the 2013-14 season opener.
The 6-5 junior guard considered declaring for the NBA draft, but it’s likely the foot surgery influenced his decision to return to school.
After a 59-57 loss at at UCLA on Feb. 7, Wilcox wore a protective boot after the game and said he had early stages of a stress fracture.
Coach Lorenzo Romar downplayed the seriousness of the injury at the time while acknowledging Wilcox was unable to practice the last two months of the season due to what was described as “preventive measures.”
Wilcox’s production dipped and his consistency wavered after the game at UCLA.
Despite foot problems, he started all 34 games and averaged 34.8 minutes, which ranked seventh in the Pac-12.
He also led Washington in scoring average (16.8 points) 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.