Home-state teams have caused former high school star C.J. Wilcox fits over the past two seasons.
BYU ended his season last year in the first round of the NIT. Wednesday in Las Vegas, the former Pleasant Grove star and Washington lost in the first round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament to Utah, 67-61.
"I've learned a lot since I've been here," Wilcox said. "It's been a lot of years. ...I'm proud of what I've done."
Wilcox picked up 2 early fouls and UW's second all-time best scorer finished with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting. He missed six of his eight 3-point tries.
Up next for Wilcox is getting ready for the upcoming NBA draft. Several NBA pundits have the silky smooth 6-foot-5 shooting guard as being a second-round selection.
"We just tried to keep the ball out of C.J.'s hands as best we could," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said.
Wilcox added that Washington is "holding out hope" for NIT bid despite having a record hovering around .500.
∫Another team in: BYU defeated Mount St. Mary's early in the season, 108-76. The Mounts won the Northeast Conference championship Tuesday for an NCAA Tournament bid.
Wichita State is still undefeated and possibly a No. 1 seed. But the Shockers didn't use an at-large bid (good news for BYU) because they won the Missouri Valley tournament title Sunday.
∫New WCC coach: Loyola Marymount fired seven-year coach Max Good a couple of days ago. The replacement is in: Mike Dunlap, a graduate of the Los Angeles school who has had a varied coaching path. He's been an assistant at St. John's and an NBA assistant and head coach, along with bringing Metro State (Denver) to Division-II prominence.
∫About the president: WCC commissioner Jamie Zaninovich praised outgoing BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson, who is being replaced by Kevin Worthen.
When BYU was looking at football independence, athletic director Tom Holmoe sought out his old Stanford colleague. They did the brunt of the negotiating. But Samuelson of course played a factor.
"He was great," Zaninovich said. "First, he was always very engaged with the issues."
The commish said he appreciated Samuelson downplaying how BYU was different, even if it had bigger coffers than other WCC schools because of its high-level football program.
"He was great at taking a league view in terms of understanding the types of schools BYU would join," Zaninovich said.