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Updated Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

There's no doubt now: C.J. Wilcox is Huskies' go-to player

By Percy Allen
Seattle Times staff reporter

The question seemed simple enough.

Before the start of the Pac-12 season, Washington Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar was asked: "Who is your go-to player?"

That was two weeks ago, and at the time Romar didn't have a simple answer.

"We'll know more after the season," he said.

Turns out, we know a lot more about Washington following its sensational 3-0 Pac-12 start and who's going to lead the Huskies this season.

If asked that question today, Romar is likely to say C.J. Wilcox — Washington's newest star who won the Pac-12 player of the week honors Monday.

It's the second time the UW junior guard has received the award. The last time was Nov. 14, 2011.

"We have a pretty good feel for when C.J. is on," Romar said Saturday after a 65-60 win at Stanford. "We knew that we had to keep getting him touches — he's a pretty prolific shooter."

Wilcox has rarely been better than he was last week while averaging 23 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in two victories in the Bay Area.

Against Stanford, Wilcox scored 27 points — one shy of his personal best — and collected a career-high nine rebounds.

"I had Abdul (Gaddy) and Andrew (Andrews) looking for me, so that definitely helps," Wilcox said Saturday. "They know to look for me when I'm hot. Coach told us to be aggressive and look for me off screens. I was feeling it."

Said Romar: "We kept trying to find ways to spring him loose. They were guarding him pretty good, trailing him everywhere and being physical with him. He did an amazing job against that defense."

Wilcox also tallied a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds in a 62-47 win at California on Wednesday.

The Bay Area sweep was the first for Washington since 1985.

The Huskies (11-5) have won nine of their past 11 games and it's the first time since 1912 they've begun conference play with three road wins.

Two weeks ago, Romar had every reason to wonder who would fill the void created when last season's star, Terrence Ross, and Tony Wroten Jr. bolted for the NBA.

The Huskies were coming off a 61-53 defeat at Connecticut and Wilcox was a non-factor in the game, scoring a season-low five points.

But he's bounced back in a major way.

Wilcox is averaging 21.3 points against Pac-12 teams, first in the conference. His 19.0 season average is third in the conference.

Wilcox might have also settled the question about who is Washington's go-to player on Saturday when he scored 11 of UW's last 15 points.

"Coach Romar told me to get more aggressive and take my shots," he said.

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com.


JEFF CHIU / AP
Washington guard C.J. Wilcox had an over-the-top weekend as the Huskies had a Bay Area sweep.




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