C.J. Wilcox is one of the best three-point shooters in the history of men’s college basketball. His shooting stroke has given the University of Washington Huskies a new life after a 10-day vacation against other opponents. The first day back from vacation, they had a hostile test playing at the San Diego State Aztecs.
The Aztecs are fresh off winning The Wooden Legacy Tournament in Fullerton, CA. last week; they have momentum in their favor. On their way to the title, they beat the Creighton Jays in the semis and the Marquette Golden Eagles in the finals.
The Huskies have had a bit of a different route this season.
The aforementioned 10-day vacation has benefited Washington, and most importantly, Wilcox. His record of three-pointers made for Washington is just going to grow and grow. On the season, he has made 22 three’s on 52 attempts. His illustrious career from behind the arc has given him a chance to be the best player on his team.
In his career, Wilcox has 235 makes from behind the arc on 599 attempts — an almost 40 percent clip in his four-year run for the Huskies. After contemplating entering the NBA Draft last season, coach Lorenzo Romar persuaded him to stay in Seattle and get the record for most three-pointers made in a career at Washington. His 233 makes put him atop the leaderboards as we speak, but can he retain that honor?
Wilcox still has the majority of his games to go, and at a 40 percent career clip, he has a chance to make at least 50 more threes. With 23 games left, he has a chance to make 58 more threes, based on him attempting six a game for those 23 games.
Surpassing almost 300 three-pointers is going to be an insurmountable record to beat for a future Husky. If Wilcox can keep his top-notch catch-and-shoot style of play above average, he will help the Huskies make the tournament, something they have not done since Romar won coach of the year in the PAC-12’s 2012 season.
The 70-63 loss handed by the Aztecs today highlighted Wilcox’s jumper, as he scored 17 points on three-of-five shooting from outside the arc.
John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII