Former Washington star C.J. Wilcox flashed a wide smile and his new No. 30 jersey when he was introduced as the newest Los Angeles Clipper during a news conference on Monday. (Here’s video).
The 6-5 shooting guard may have difficulty finding a spot in a rotation because he plays the same position as starter J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, who won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season.
“When I got to UW, there were like six guards ahead of me at that time, so I had to kind of figure my way out and work my way into the rotation,” Wilcox said. “I think being in that situation helped me prepare for a situation like this. So, I’m going to take it as a challenge and work hard and try to squeeze my way in.
You’re dominant in high school and then you have to go and you’re the seventh wing that’s there [in college]. That was kind of eye-opening. I also think I took it as part of the process and continued to work hard and knew my time would come later on.”
Coach Doc Rivers told the Los Angeles Times: “I think the neat thing for C.J. is that he has two really good guys to be taught under. Learning the stuff from Jamal and how he scores and then learning the way J.J. moves without the ball, if you can combine those two things into your game, then your playing time probably will not be a problem. But it is a competition.”