BY SPNW Staff 08:11PM 06/26/2014

Clippers select Huskies’ Wilcox with 28th pick

C.J. Wilcox, Washington’s second-leading all-time scorer, Thursday became the first Husky selected in the first round of the NBA draft since 2012.

C.J. Wilcox, who scored 1,880 points during his University of Washington basketball career, went in the first round, 28th overall, to the L.A. Clippers Thursday. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

C.J. Wilcox, who finished his University of Washington basketball career as the school’s second-leading career scorer, went to the Los Angeles Clippers with the 28th pick in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft. The 6-foot-5 Wilcox, a Pleasant Grove, UT., native, is the first Husky taken in the first round since Terrence Ross went eighth to Toronto and Tony Wroten 25th to Memphis in 2012.

Wilcox scored 1,880 points during his five years in the Washington program and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors as a junior and a senior. He also made the 2011 all-conference freshman team.

Wilcox connected on 301 3-pointers during his UW career, most in school history, including a single-season record of 90 during the 2013-14 season, when he averaged 18.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. He is the only player in school history to make more than 250 3-pointers and score more than 1,700 points.

Wilcox had 36 games at Washington in which he scored 20 or more points and 92 in which he tallied 10 or more. Wilcox notched 14 20-point games last season and a pair of 30-point efforts while posting double figures in 27 of his 32 games.

Wilcox scored a career-high 31 points against Colorado Jan. 12, which included a career-high seven 3-pointers. Wilcox also scored 30 against Boston College during a preseason tournament in New York City.

Earlier in the first round, Zach LaVine, a UCLA freshman point guard and a graduate of Bothell High School, was taken 13th by Minnesota. He was one of three Bruins selected. Shooting guard Jordan Adams went 22nd to Memphis and small forward Kyle Anderson was the last pick of the round, by champion San Antonio.

The highest Pac-12 Conference selection was Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, taken fourth by Orlando.

In the second round, Joe Harris, a shooting guard from Virginia and Chelan High School in central Washington, was taken 33rd by Cleveland.

Three other Pac-12 players were taken:

38, Detroit, Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado SG; 42, Houston, Nick Johnson, Arizona PG; 45, Charlotte, Dwight Powell, Stanford PF.

Wilcox is the 11th player from the University of Washington selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the seventh to have played under head coach Lorenzo Romar.

Washington’s First-Round Draft Choices

Year Player Team Pick Highlights
1948 Jack Nichols Capitols 12th Championship ring with Celtics 1956-57
1953 Bob Houbregs Hawks 2nd 11.2 PPG for 1956-57 Fort Wayne
1985 Detlef Schrempf Mavericks 8th 3-time All-Star; 16.9 PPG, 17 years
1987 Chris Welp 76ers 16th Played 4 seasons for 3 franchises
2005 Nate Robinson Suns 21st Won Slam Dunk Contest record 3 times
2006 Brandon Roy T-Wolves 6th 3-time All-Star; 52 points Dec. 18, 2008
2007 Spencer Hawes Kings 10th Career-high 30 points Jan. 1, 2010
2010 Q. Pondexter Thunder 26th Career-high 22 points Nov. 30, 2013
2012 Terrence Ross Raptors 8th 10.9 points in 2013-14 season
2012 Tony Wroten Grizzlies 25th 13.0 points in 2013-14 season
2014 C.J. Wilcox Clippers 28th Scored 1,880 points for UW


  • Effzee

    Stocking Probably Ballmer’s Team with a former Husky, I see.

    Good ol’ NBA.

    Always thinking 3 steps ahead.

  • Jeff Shope


  • jafabian

    Very happy for CJ! I couldn’t guess where he’d get drafted but he’s more than worthy of going in the 1st and I’m glad he’s on the West Coast. Hopefully the Clippers will keep their winning ways while he’s there.