Husky Men's Basketball Blog
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies.
June 2, 2008 4:23 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
Just got off the phone a little while ago with Craig Wilcox, the father of guard C.J. Wilcox of Pleasant Grove, Utah, who confirmed that his son is committing to play for the Huskies.
C.J. Wilcox had narrowed his choices to Utah and UW and spent the weekend mulling it over before deciding on the Huskies. He had taken an unofficial visit to UW in May after which he narrowed his choices to Utah and Washington.
"We liked the University of Washington but at the same time we were very, very intrigued by Utah,'' Craig Wilcox said. "Basically, we felt like both of those schools would be great options, and we just sat on it for a couple of weeks and allowed C.J. to basically go through the process on his own.
"As a family this weekend we just sat down and I tried to gauge how committed he was trying to convince him to take more visits and talk positively about Utah and their coaching staff. But he still felt very confident in his decision, so with that being the case, I just said if you are that confident, let's just make it official.''
Wilcox also had offers from Florida State and Miami and Cal was also trying to get in the mix.
But UW coaches began recruiting Wilcox hard a few months ago after seeing him at an AAU tournament in Houston, becoming intrigued by his long-range shooting ability in a 6-5 frame.
That was a rare AAU tournament for Wilcox, who hasn't played in too many such events with his father preferring that he spend more time in private workouts. Craig Wilcox said he thinks that's one reason his son his rated higher by recruiting services.
"He's not highly ranked, but there are plenty of coaches who say 'he has to be in the top 40,''' he said. "I heard that from coaches at the University of Miami and Florida State and they all were just intrigued that we were not on the AAU circuit but just at home getting better.''
Craig Wilcox, who was a guard at BYU from 1993-95, said he simply felt his son would improve more spending the majority of his time working out privately rather than playing in AAU tournaments.
He said his son has shot 20,000 to 30,000 shots from March to August every year since eighth grade honing the shooting ability that is the strength of his game.
Wilcox is UW's first commit for the class of 2009 and will join what suddenly looks like a pretty loaded backcourt for the Huskies with Isaiah Thomas, Scott Suggs and Elston Turner Jr., all coming in this season.
Craig Wilcox said other coaches "talked about that'' but that his son feels he will fit in just fine.
"He has a specialty and I just felt like that specialty can be (used) anywhere,'' he said. "When you are about 6-5-and-a-half and can shoot the three the way he can shoot it, you can play almost anywhere and be a fit, no matter who is out on the court.''
Wilcox also has a cumulative GPA of around 3.5, his father said, and should have no issues becoming eligible.
I'll have more later.
Posted by LV Dawg
6:02 PM, Jun 02, 2008
Bob, Is he is LDS -- and it seems like he is -- and if so will be be going on a mission?
Posted by Allan
6:38 PM, Jun 02, 2008
Any centers in the mix for 2009? The back court is certainly getting crowded and I would assume those Bellarmine boys will feelt the same. The front line is going to thin out soon so I wonder who might be a target for bigger positions?
Posted by Mo play
6:56 PM, Jun 02, 2008
I have played pick-up against the kid and he is LDS. I dont know what his plans are about a mission. If he does go on a 2 year mission it would be good for him, because he needs to get bigger and grow into his body. I said a poor mans Marcus Williams earlier, but i am thinking more of a Tre Simmons without the handles right now.
Posted by 206er
7:08 PM, Jun 02, 2008
'im still trying to get excited for this. not many other schools were going after this kid. there were a bunch of other shooting guards in the 09 class that are ranked a lot higher. i know rankings aren't everything but bradley, snaer, marshall, dotson, all those guys are top 20 and being recruited by big time programs. this kid's not ranked and only had offers from byu and utah. let's hope romar found a superb hidden talent. i guess the bellarmine kids aren't coming now... i agree, we need to add another big, perhaps a true point guard. shooting guard is by far our most crowded position.
they need to look at shawn kemp jr. he's a center at 6'8" and i read he's supposed to grow another 5 inches or so. he can run the floor well too.
Posted by Bob Condotta
7:41 PM, Jun 02, 2008
Allan --- Good question that I should have addressed in the write-up. His father told me they are not LDS and hence has no plans to go on a mission.
Posted by couga
7:46 PM, Jun 02, 2008
i see fetters is already hard at work . (he went from 2 star to 3)
Posted by Romarville86
8:22 PM, Jun 02, 2008
Fetters doesn't rank basketball players, Dave Telep does. Wilcox seems like a good find and a good role player in the future. I dont think this affects the recruitment of Bradley and Gaddy because they are special. As for big men Udub is after, Anthony Stover who is my favorite, Mike Moser, and Greg Smith who is a major longshot and an elite national prospect.
Posted by naterob4
8:43 PM, Jun 02, 2008
I called into Softy's show last week, and he said that unlike what your blog entry stated that in that tourney in KC we play against both Kansas, and Florida no matter what. Well at least this way our RPI will be in the 80's with our non conference sched. as compared to being in the freaking 100's if we didn't play them. Bob, can you confirm or deny this report? And do you know who we are scheduling to replace the Fresno St., and G. Tech games??
Posted by Bob Condotta
9:42 PM, Jun 02, 2008
Nate --- I heard that too and I think it's correct, but I'll put in a call this week to get confirmation on the record from the organizers. I just posted a blog with a note that UW has added Montana to the sked for next year. Huskies still need one more game.
Posted by G
11:06 PM, Jun 02, 2008
i'm surprised MOREof you guys dont understand that this is how ROMAR operates. give me a break..... 6-8 G's, 2-4F's and 1-2C's at any given time on his roster. He likes the 3 guard sets, so that is very smart and perfect. have 6 g's that are interchangeable is very smart in this NOW GUARD ORIENTED GAME...... 2ND THING IS THAT U GUYS ARE FORGETTING THAT U DONT ALWAYS WANT THE #1 RECRUIT AT THAT POSITION. CALL ME CRAZY IF U WANT BUT WHY WOULD U WANT A WHOLE BUNCH OF PLAYERS WHO LEAVE AFTER 1 YEAR? WHY NOT GET SOME MID-TIER PLAYERS LIKE I.T. AND SUGGS AND BUILD A PROGRAM THAT IS CONSISTANTLY GOOD AND CAN ATTRACT BOTH TYPES. LIKE I SAID, U CANT BUILD A DECENT TEAM OR PROGRAM OFF JUST A BUNCH OF 1 YR GUYS..... PLUS THERE ARE SO MANY TOP PROGRAMS U CANT EXPECT TO GET THEM ALL ANYWAY. 200DIV 1 SCHOOLS? ++ MORE? COME ON GUYS . BE REAL. GOOD DECISION ROMAR
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