C.J. Wilcox, the No. 2 all-time scorer in Washington Huskies basketball, was named to the All-Pac-12 second team Monday.
His coach, Lorenzo Romar, wonders why there wasn’t room for him on the 10-man first team. Pac-12 coaches vote for all postseason awards, though they are not allowed to vote for themselves or for players on their own team.
“Congratulations to C.J. This is the second time he’s been able to get it, back to back,” Romar said. “But (it’s) very mind-boggling how he couldn’t be on the first team. I don’t understand that one. That’s not the first time I haven’t understood the end-of-the-season awards sometimes. That’s no slight on those who were on the first team. I just think that’s a no-brainer that C.J. Wilcox should be on the first team.”
Wilcox, a fifth-year senior who ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.5 points per game, said the second-team selection was “not what I was expecting,” but also said he wasn’t surprised by it. He was also a second-team all-conference selection in 2013.
The Huskies (17-14, 9-9 Pac-12) leave Tuesday morning for Las Vegas, where they will face Utah at noon Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
That’s where Wilcox says his focus is.
“I’m not losing sleep over it,” Wilcox said. “Like I said, it’s out of my control and I’m going to keep doing what I do best, and we’re going to try to do some damage in Vegas. That’s where my head’s at right now.”
Freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss was the only other UW player honored. Williams-Goss was named to the five-man All-Freshmen team after averaging 13.3 points, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game during the regular season.
“It was an honor to make first team,” Williams-Goss said. “Any time you’re recognized for your play and your hard work, it feels good. So I’m thankful for that.”
Arizona guard Nick Johnson was named player of the year, Arizona coach Sean Miller was voted coach of the year, and Arizona forward Aaron Gordon was voted freshman of the year.
The defensive player of the year award went to Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski, and Stanford guard Anthony Brown was voted the most improved.
Washington State guard and Curtis High alum DaVonté Lacy, who missed eight games due to injury, was an honorable mention on the all-conference team.
Wilcox’s omission from the first team wasn’t the only curious selection; Roberto Nelson, the senior Oregon State guard who leads the conference in scoring, was also voted to the second team.christian.caple@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @Christian_Caple