C.J. Wilcox announces return to Washington

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

When C.J. Wilcox decided to redshirt his freshman season at Washington, his goal was to hit his stride as a fifth-year senior and then move onto the next level.

After averaging more than 20 points per game through the first three months of his junior season, though, NBA visions began to crop up. Even after struggling down the stretch, Wilcox would have still likely been drafted in June.

On Thursday, however, Wilcox announced he was returning to Washington to finish out his career with the Huskies.

"The main thing is that my dad and I were talking and thinking back to about when I first got here and the vision to redshirt my first year and have that last year to become the best player that I can be and lead the team," Wilcox said in a statement.

"We were not expecting the NBA to come into the picture so fast. That kind of got off track and we lost track of the vision. We started to seriously consider it and meeting with agents. But at the end of the day we went back and wanted to finish what we started and come back for my fifth year and lead the team."

Wilcox, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, averaged 16.8 points and shot nearly 37 percent from 3-point range this past season. His late-season struggles were due mostly to a left foot injury he suffered in early February. He rarely practiced and wore a walking boot when not playing.

Washington finished 18-16 this season, going 9-9 in Pac-12 play and advancing to the NIT before losing to BYU. With Wilcox back in the fold, the Huskies shouldn't take too far of a step back. The top three scorers after Wilcox are gone, although Andrew Andrews returns at the point, while Shawn Kemp Jr. and Desmond Simmons are back inside.

The key for the Huskies could be freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss and transfer forward Perris Blackwell. Williams-Goss was one of the best winners and leaders in the 2013 class, while Blackwell averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 boards at San Francisco.

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