Wilcox has a choice to make

The clock is ticking ever closer toward the arrival of Washington's most mysterious hoops recruit, CJ Wilcox. Mostly because of where he is from and the fact that he didn't hit the AAU circuit with reckless abandon, the Beehive State prep star has been shrouded in obscurity, his recruitment quick and quiet.

But as details begin to emerge on the Pleasant Grove shooting guard, it appears that Husky fans have reason to be excited.

First and foremost, Wilcox is a shooter. And not just any shooter: He's reputed to be among the finest incoming shooters in this year's freshman class, if not the best. In fact, it's been suggested that he may possess the most polished 3-point shot of any freshmen to ever enter the program.

He isn't shy about it either

"I shot the ball pretty well up there last weekend when I visited," he shared with Dawgman.com earlier this week. "People figured out I could shoot within the first couple seconds I was there. I'm shooting the ball pretty well right now."

"I led the state in scoring at 24 (points) or so a game," Wilcox added, though putting the ball in the bucket was secondary for a player whose team expected to make a run at a title. "I didn't really care much about scoring this year. I was more focused on making other guys play better and just getting ready for Washington, especially working on defense and stuff. We lost in the second round of the state tourney in double overtime and finished 16-4."

The quick-triggered gunslinger has more to offer the Huskies than his wicked jumper. Wilcox is a deceptive athlete, comparable to former UW star Tre Simmons. While he's not Quincy Pondexter or Clarence Trent above the rim, Wilcox can definitely hold his own athletically. He is also an energetic defender – a prized trait in Lorenzo Romar's system, and he possesses a heady maturity beyond most players his age. One example of that was his selection to play in the recent Academic All America game, an honor reserved for just a handful of players nationally who demonstrate exceptional skill in the classroom as well as on the court.

"I played alright," Wilcox said, sounding a bit disappointed. "I had nine points in 16 minutes with a couple assists. It was just fun to play with all the guys."

Wilcox stated he's set to arrive at Montlake in early July. He also knows he's got a lot of work to do before he arrives.

"I'm about 6-5 and 180 pounds," Wilcox said. "I'm going to really be working on getting stronger, building my strength."

That, coupled with the Huskies' depth at guard revealed a possible twist – and another example of Wilcox's advanced maturity.

"I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to redshirt or not," he shared, talking about it on record for the first time. "It's a matter of playing with all of the guys and getting an idea of whether I'd be playing or not. Until than, I'm just not sure."

Regardless whether or not Wilcox decides to follow the path taken by current redshirt frosh Darnell Gant, Washington fans can expect big things from the Huskies' newest long-range assassin.

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