C.J. Wilcox, the unassuming sharp shooter who set three-point and scoring records at Washington, was taken with the 28th pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in Thursday’s NBA draft.
Wilcox, a 6-5, 195-pound shooting guard, averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds last season. He shot 87.3 percent at the free throw line, 45.3 percent from the field and 39.1 on three-pointers. Wilcox finished a four-year career second on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,880 points. He accumulated 301 three-pointers, which is first on UW’s all-time list and sixth in the Pac-12.
Wilcox became the 11th Husky taken in the first round of the NBA draft.
The others include: Terrence Ross (8th, 2012), Tony Wroten Jr. (25th, 2012), Quincy Pondexter (26th, 2010), Spencer Hawes (10th, 2007), Brandon Roy (6th, 2006), Nate Robinson (21st, 2005), Chris Welp (16th, 1987), Detlef Schrempf (8th, 1985), Bob Houbregs (3rd, 1953) and Jack Nichols (12th, 1948).
Wilcox was the fourth Pac-12 player taken Thursday following Arizona’s Aaron Gordon (fourth) and UCLA’s Zach LaVine (13th) and Jordan Adams (22nd). The conference had six first-rounders including Stanford’s Josh Huestis (29th) and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson (30th). It’s the most first-round picks for the Pac-12 since 2008 when it has seven.
Wilcox will receive a four-year contract that includes team options after the second year. According to the NBA rookie salary scale he’s slotted to earn about $924,800 in 2014-15.
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas gave Wilcox high marks. Bilas said: “He’s very good at catch-and-shoot situations. … Really good offensie player. He’s had a good career at Washington and has gotten better every year. Defensively he’s a good athlete and does a good job as a one-on-one defender. … And when he gets to the free-throw line, he makes over 90 percent of his FTs. He’s one of the best shooters in the draft.”
Wilcox joins a LA Clippers team that includes All-Star point guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin. The other starters are guard J.J. Redick, forward Matt Barnes and center DeAndre Jordan. Former Rainier Beach High standout Jamal Crawford won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season with Los Angeles.
The Clippers won the Pacific Division with a 57-25 record last season. They were eliminated 4-2 by Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals.