For C.J. Wilcox who prepped at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah County, the NBA Combine in Chicago this week is his opportunity to show NBA teams and scouts what he can do. Currently Wilcox appears to be headed to Minnesota with the No. 14 pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft -- if you believe the latest mock draft.
But, as anyone familiar with the Combine knows, it is possible to move up or down in the draft in a hurry based on how you do in Chicago. Ask Damian Lillard, the former Weber State star who appeared to be a second round pick and shot to a lottery pick after great workouts in the Windy City.
Doing well at the Combine can mean the difference between possibly making a roster -- and having a chance to earn a guaranteed contract. The Utah Jazz currently hold the No. 23 and No. 34 picks in the draft -- barring any movement up or down.
Might they be interested in Wilcox’s services? He is a shooting guard, a position with which the Jazz desperately need assistance. Wilcox shot 45 percent from the field -- and an impressive 39 percent from behind the three-point arc -- for the Washington Huskies, averaging over 18 points per game.
According to an article published on Friday, May 16 in the Deseret News by reporter Mike Helfgot, Wilcox tested out so impressively in Chicago with some teams that the Bulls themselves asked the Washington Huskies star and Pleasant Grove native to stay over the weekend for a private workout with the team.
Wilcox will now get that once-in-a-lifetime chance to show the Bulls what he can do, and in turn they have the No. 16 and No. 19 picks at NBA Draft 2014, so you never know. Though Wilcox wasn’t as coveted in the Pac-12 or nationally as say, Arizona guard Nick Johnson, he does come from an athletic background: his father was former BYU guard Craig Wilcox.
“I thought Chicago would be a good opportunity for me to standout more than people thought,” Wilcox said in an interview with Helfgot. “People don’t think I’m as athletic as I am. Showing that here and being able to shoot in front of all the teams put myself on the map a little bit more.”