Montlake Madness Talks to Husky Freshman Guard, C.J. Wilcox

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C.J. Wilcox’s reputation as a terrific shooter precedes him even before playing a game as a Husky. He’s being called the team’s best shooter by some (although Elston Turner might have something to say about that). And, Wilcox won this weekend’s three-point contest, teaming with a UW student to defeat Elston Turner and his partner. /

Some of you have asked about the possibility of C.J. redshirting this season. For what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s very likely with only a 12-man team. What seems like a deep rotation, that will be difficult to break into, could become dangerously thin with an injury or two. Here’s what we discussed:

Montlake Madness: Everyone talks about your shooting. What aspect of your game are people missing? What should they be talking about?

C.J. Wilcox: They could also talk about my quickness, I guess. My agility. Stuff like that. But, mostly it’s my shooting. That’s what I spend most of my time on, is my shooting.

MM: Does there come a point where you know you’re a good shooter so you work on other things more? How do you decide to mix between polishing your strengths and working on the things you need to improve on?

C.J.: I’ll do the same shooting every day. I’ll do other stuff. I mean, I’ll do ball-handling. Of course, weights and stuff. But, I never miss a shooting practice. If you can shoot, you can play anywhere you want to.

MM: What don’t we know about you?

C.J.: I play guitar. A lot of people don’t know that.

MM: What kind of music do you play?

C.J. Just anything that sounds good, really.

MM: Who’s your favorite guitarist?

C.J.: I’d probably have to say, Jimi Hendrix.

MM: What’s been unexpected so far about your experience at UW?

C.J.: I guess it’s the transition. The physical part of playing. Playing with people as fast as you. Jumping as high. Everything like that. It’s just an adjustment, the whole thing.

MM: How’s the adjustment to Seattle been, being away from home?

C.J.: I came in the summer, so I kinda got used to being away from home. So, right now, it’s not that big of a deal. But early in the summer, I kinda missed home. But, now I can wait, so. . .

MM: Do you guys get to go home at all during the season?

C.J.: I know we go home at Christmas, but that’s the only time I can think of.

Thanks for coming.