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Monday, March 17, 2014

SDH Presents from DraftExpress.com: C.J. Wilcox 2014 Scouting Report

C.J. Wilcox's college basketball career ended this week with a loss in the Pac-12 Tournament, which means a new page in his career is about to start. Standing 6-5 in shoes, with a solid 6-8 wingspan and solid athleticism, Wilcox looks the part of a NBA shooting guard prospect, and has the skill-set to fit in as a role player on most teams. He's a highly efficient offensive player, sporting a very good 60% true shooting percentage and a 1.5/1 assist to turnover ratio.

Wilcox is one of the best shooters in this draft class, as he made 43% of his catch and shoot jumpers on the season, which is second best among prospects in our Top-100 rankings. More than just a one-dimensional shooter with his feet set, he is excellent coming off screens (40%, 6th best in Top-100), and also makes a solid 35% of his pull-up attempts (8th best in Top-100). While not a crafty ball-handler or an overly prolific shot-creator, Wilcox has improved his ability to operate in transition, pick and roll and isolation situations this season, which was sorely needed on a Washington team that was lacking for talent this season in the very deep Pac-12. With that said, he's unlikely to emerge as much more than a floor-spacer who attacks unbalanced defenses in close-out situations or in the open floor, as he's not the strongest or most explosive prospect around, and doesn't get to the free throw line very often (4.1 per-40, second worst among SG prospects in DX Top-100).

To a certain extent, what you see is what you get with Wilcox, as at age 23, he's the second oldest player in our Top-100 rankings, and certainly was not a dominant college player even going up against players significantly younger than him pretty much every game. His PER ranks 41st among the 78 collegiates in our Top-100, and he only made the NCAA Tournament once in his career, as a freshman averaging 16 minutes per game. His average size, frame and athleticism doesn't leave him a ton of upside to grow into, particularly on the defensive end, where he does not stand out.

How about you?  What do you think? Does this guy have the goods to be a sleeper pick in the NBA Draft?   See what the folks of +DraftExpress have to say and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Be sure to stay tuned to SDH in the coming weeks as I will be recapping, reviewing and ranking the performances of all thirty teams in the Association in my Worst to First Countdown.