Eight games is a small sample size, but C.J. Wilcox has set a torrid pace that will land him near the top of Washington’s scoring records.
He’s scoring 21.9 points per game and if he finishes with that scoring average, it would be the highest for a UW player in 40 years.
Bob Hougbregs holds the school record (25.6 ppg., 1952-53) and Louie Nelson (23.0 ppg., 1972-73) is second on the list.
When calculating a 32-game season, Wilcox is currently on pace to amass 722 points, which would rank third in UW history for the most points in a single season behind Houbregs (846) and Chris Welp (729).
Wilcox, a senior guard, is also on pace to finish second on UW’s all-time scoring list behind Chris Welp (2,073). Wilcox began the season at No. 23 and has moved into 14th place at 1,468 points. He’ll likely pass Brandon Roy (No. 13, 1,477), Doug Smart (No. 12, 1,478) and Deon Luton (No. 11, 1,488) when Washington plays Idaho State on Saturday.
Wilcox ranks 18th nationally in scoring, but he’s a better playmaker than every before. He averaged 1.9 assists last season and it’s up to 2.9 this season. Still, his rebounding (4.0 per game), blocks (1.0) and steals (1.3) have generally remained the same from last season.
Wilcox decided against entering the NBA draft after his junior year in hopes of improving his stock. He submitted an NBA evaluation, which projected he would be taken in the late in the first round or in the middle of the second round.
The statistics that matter to the NBA people is Wilcox’s 43.9 percent three-point shooting and 36.8 minutes per game. Despite more responsibilities, he’s shooting better than ever behind the arc. And after two years injury-plagued years, Wilcox is playing more minutes than anyone in the Pac-12 which may put to rest questions about his durability.
Still as good as Wilcox has been, Washington is 4-4 and the team’s dour standing may negatively impact his draft prospects.
Interesting to note a 2014 mock NBA draft by Gary Parrish at CBSSports.com does not include Wilcox. Parrish has Arizona’s Aaron Gordon (sixth), Arizona State’s Jahii Carson (24th) and Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie (29th) going in the first round. His second round includes Stanford’s Dwight Powell (58th) and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson (60th).
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Utah trailed by 15 points late in the first half before pulling out a 74-66 win over Idaho State. Playing all 40 minutes, Jordan Loveridge scored a career-high 27 points. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Delon Wright had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists and Dakarai Tucker scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Utah improved to 8-1 while Idaho State fell to 3-3.
— Utah is has been criticized for its soft schedule, but the Utes are considering adding Kansas to the non-conference schedule next season.
— Following a season-low 36 percent shooting in a loss to UC Santa Barbara, California coach Mike Montgomery benched two starters to tweak the lineup and the Golden Bears responded with a 92-84 win over Nevada. It was the most points for Cal in more than two years. David Kravish and Jabari Bird, who came off the bench, each had a team-high 16 points. Montgomery tied legendary coach John Wooden for career victories (664). The game also included a posterizing dunk for Nevada’s Deonte Burton, who had 26 points.
— No. 1 Arizona has a tall order when it faces New Mexico’s 7-5 center Sim Bhullar tonight.
— The Wildcats are an upset candidate so says Jeff Borzello at CBSSports.com.
— Arizona is the third team to hold the No. 1 spot this season, which suggest there may not be a dominant team this season.
— Twenty years ago Tad Boyle left a nice-paying job as a stock broker and now the Colorado coach the toast of the town in Boulder, Colo.
— ESPN’s Seth Greenberg ranks the top 10 toughest matchups in college basketball and lists Arizona’s Nick Johnson at No. 4 and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson at No. 6.
— UCLA landed a verbal commitment from Jonah Bolden, a 6-8 small forward from Australia who is playing at Findlay Prep this season. The 2014 prospectd He’s ranked No. 62 by Rivals and 70th by ESPN. Bolden joins five-star prospect Kevon Looney and four-star 7-footer Thomas Welsh in a class ranked 19th nationally by ESPN.
— The Pac-12 has a holiday ticket sale for its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that begins 10 a.m. PT Thursday.
TONIGHT’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
New Mexico State (7-4) at No. 1 Arizona (9-0), 6 p.m. …………… Pac-12 Networks
Season tally: 63-14