According to Seattle Times reporter Percey Allen via Twitter, Washington Huskies guard C.J. Wilcox will return for his senior season and has told the university of his decision:
C.J. Wilcox tells Washington he’s returning for his senior season.
— Percy Allen (@percyallen) April 18, 2013
Wilcox’s return will come as a seismic relief for Washington as they are retaining their leading scorer and undoubted team leader. He averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 42 percent from the field, and was the only consistent piece for Washington in a rather disappointing season.
This isn’t the first time Washington has had to deal with the threat of losing a premier scorer to the NBA Draft. Last year, Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. both tested the draft and ended up scoring rookie contracts with the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies respectively. Ross signed a two-year, $5.4 million deal while Wroten earned a two-year, $2.3 million contract.
With the success of his former — and younger — teammates, the pressure for Wilcox must have been high. This year’s draft is considered to be incredibly weak and could have had Wilcox taken late in the first round. First round selections normally receive rookie contracts of two years and roughly $2 million.
Wilcox either really loves going to college or believes he can raise his draft stock next season and sign for more money. In the end, that’s what it’s all about, right?
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.