By Dan Kelly @DanKelly_NBA
The 2013 NBA Draft is only 156 days, 3 hours, 43 minutes and 11 seconds away as this murky Tuesday morning begins to unmurk.
CJ Wilcox has been named the Pac 12 player of the week and his 27 point 9 rebound performance at Stanford has officially put him on the NBA Draft hype map. Scouts can smell an elite shooter from across the country so you can expect them to be circling above SeaTac this Wednesday and for the rest of the season.
Here’s what they’re going to find:
CJ Wilcox is shooting 40% from three point range for the third consecutive season. That percentage obviously means more this year because he’s taking more shots and because he’s the unquestionable focus of every opposing defense. Scouts are going to appreciate three qualities that Wilcox has as a shooter.
- Patience: This year Wilcox is calmly setting up his man and waiting for screens to be set for him.
- Physicality: He’s taken to giving his defender an effective push before he accelerates off a screen.
- Mechanics: His ability to catch, set his feet, and shoot in minimal time is his best basketball skill. His release is compact which lowers the margin for error and its consistent. Every shot from beyond the arc looks the same.