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The way the past two years have gone for C.J. Wilcox, you almost expect the Huskies to wrap their star guard in bubble wrap to ensure he’ll be ready for the season opener.
But today at practice he was on the floor and not on the sidelines, which is where he began training camp. He ran up and down the court. He jumped for rebounds. He blocked a shot. He got bumped and banged playing physical defense. And he did every drill just like everyone else.
But Wilcox isn’t like everyone else. He’s Washington’s leading returning scorer so it’s kind of a big deal when he said his surgically repaired left foot is healed and pain free. He’s been practicing without restrictions and doesn’t anticipate he’ll be limited going forward.
When asked the last time he was completely healthy, he said: “Probably last November.”
Wilcox rehabbed most of the summer after undergoing surgery May 17. During the procedure, doctors stabilized his little toe to alleviate a stress fracture that hampered him during the 2012-13 season.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said Wilcox is one of the most improved players on the team while noting the 6-5 senior guard has more of an all-around game.
“He’s so versatile,” Romar said. “He’s bringing (up) the ball in transition. He’s making plays like a point guard would. He’s taking the ball to the basket. Obviously he’s shooting the basketball. He reads screens so well. He’s playing like a veteran. He really understands what’s going on.”