Redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox is six games into his college career, but he already has shown enough that coach Lorenzo Romar considers him the best shooter he’s had over his nine seasons at the University of Washington.
“Ryan Appleby holds all the records,” Romar said today. “Ryan was a phenomenal shooter. But I wouldn’t say he was a better shooter than Tre Simmons. … (But) either one of those guys, I don’t know if they come out and shoot 58 percent from the 3-point line after six games. That’s hard to do for anyone.”
Yet, that’s what Wilcox has done.
Six games into his college career, he is averaging 10.7 points in 14.7 minutes per game. He is shooting 55.3 percent from the field, and 58.6 percent – 17 of 29 – from beyond the 3-point arc.
He scored 13 points in his college debut against McNeese State, bumped his career-high to 17 points against Virginia last week at the Maui Invitational, and then increased it again with 20 points Tuesday against Long Beach State.
That seemed to be his breakout game, as he hit six of eight 3-pointers.
That kind of performance seems certain to have gotten the attention of Texas Tech coach Pat Knight, whose Red Raiders visit Washington Saturday.
Romar can only guess what the Tech coach staff has cooked up in response. But, here’s the kind of scouting report Romar said he would create if he were about to face the Huskies: “We’d say, ‘Now C.J. Wilcox comes off the bench. When he comes off the bench he is a shooter. Close out: Do not give him any room. Right now he’s a freshman, and he’s not their go-to guy. But he can quickly become that is we allow him to get open.’ That’s what the scouting report would be. Before last game that would have been the scout; so I can only imagine what it is now.”
More on the game:
TEXAS TECH (5-3) AT NO. 23 WASHINGTON (4-2)1 p.m. Saturday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.TV: FSN. Radio: 1150-AM. (Note change due to Apple Cup.) Series: Washington leads, 5-3. Three of the eight meetings have gone into overtime, including two into double-overtime. The schools have split their two games in Seattle. Last season, Tech won, 99-92 in overtime, at Lubbock, Texas. Statistical leaders: For Tech – John Robinson, 13.5 ppg and 3.8 apg; Robert Lewandowski, 6.9 rpg. For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 14.8 ppg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 6.7 rpg; Venoy Overton, 4.2 apg. Scouting report: This is the first of two games UW will play in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series this season. The next comes a week from today at Texas A&M. … The Red Raiders are coached by Pat Knight, starting his third full season after taking over for his famous father, Bob Knight. … All five Tech starters average 10 or more points per game. … Tech’s losses have come to North Texas, Saint Mary’s and South Florida. … Both teams won their most-recent game: Tech beat Oral Roberts, 86-82, on Tuesday, while UW beat Long Beach State, 102-75. … Bryan-Amaning will come off the bench for the second consecutive game. ... Scott Suggs, who sat out the Long Beach game with a knee injury, is considered questionable. Venoy Overton is still limited by a tailbone injury, but is expected to be available. Next: 7 p.m. Monday, vs. Portland, Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.