Jan 25, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies guard C.J. Wilcox (23) turns up court after a rebound against the Oregon State Beavers during the second half at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: C.J. Wilcox of Washington is a darkhorse wing

Strengths

There’s nothing that stands out more than C.J. Wilcox’s ability to score the ball. While more highly-regarded wings such as Rodney Hood, K.J. McDaniels, James Young and T.J. Warren have their strengths, it might be Wilcox who is the most skilled shooter. Wilcox averaged 18 points per game while shooting 40 percent from deep, and that came off a whole 7.2 three-point attempts per game. He also can hit jumpers on the bounce and is excellent scoring with either hand, in transition or not.

Weaknesses

Despite being one of the older players in the draft at 23 years old, Wilcox has limited upside and has an underdeveloped body. He’s not very physical on either end of the court, and that might cause some apprehension for teams that would hope he can improve his strength. Wilcox certainly could be a role player in the NBA a la a Jared Dudley, but it remains to be seen if he’s fully tapped into his potential or if he’s simply a late bloomer who took small steps forward in each of his collegiate seasons.

X-factor

With a wingspan nearing 6-foot-10, Wilcox has the potential to be a fine defender at the NBA level. His experience in four years at Washington developed his all-around game, as he averaged 2.5 assists per game. Wilcox isn’t an elite athlete but should be good enough to become a regular rotation player at the next level. If he adds weight to his 200-pound frame, there’s a chance he could be one of the more productive players that will be selected in the second round of the draft.

How he would fit with the Suns

There’s no denying the Suns need help on the wings, regardless of how P.J. Tucker’s free agency plays out. Marcus Morris enters the final year of his contract, as does Gerald Green, so adding a shooter like Wilcox with the 50th overall pick (Wilcox is projected by Draft Express to go 45th as of today) would give Phoenix another similar type of player who can stretch the floor and — with a little more skill development — alleviate some of the ball handling duties by Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

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