It was interesting to watch C.J. Wilcox, who is the subject of our Washington men’s basketball season preview, at Monday’s photo shoot with UW women’s hoop star Jazmine Davis.
Admittedly, Wilcox is more comfortable behind the camera than in front of the camera, but the fifth-year senior co-captain is getting used to the added attention that comes with being the face of the program. A year ago he was reluctant to assume a leadership position and felt more comfortable operating in an ensemble cast alongside Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs.
But this season, Wilcox has a much better understanding of his role and responsibilities.
“This is my team,” he said. “I have to make sure I get these guys back to the NCAA tournament and we can try to do some special things.
“We have captains, but I feel like everyone is looking at me to be that lone leader. If we lose a game, it’s going to be on me. If we win a game, it’ll be because I did this or did that. More of the pressure and more of the blame will be put on me, so I feel like I need to take more responsibility.”
Part of the duties of being a team leader is “hyping up the season,” as Wilcox put it. That means attending Pac-12 media day in San Francisco last month, doing dozens of interviews and participating in various photo shoots like the one Monday.
Seattle Times photographer John Lok came up with a concept that required Wicox to leap – legs splayed – behind Davis who was seated on the court at Alaska Airlines Arena. Wilcox was open to the idea. He attentive and helpful throughout the morning.
In the video (above), Wilcox asked Lok just what exactly he was looking for and that’s when Wilcox suggested a different approach.
“That was his idea,” Lok said. “I got to give him credit for that. … Once we made the switch, that made all the difference.”
The shoot lasted abbout 30 minutes and afterward Wilcox said: “That was a workout.”
Here’s how the photo turned out.