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C.J. Wilcox- One of the Ones That Got Away...

As Utah continues its, Participation Trophy tour of Pac-12 basketball, it’s hard not to look back and maybe see how very close we were to being players again.  People hate on Ray Giacolletti but as I’ve pointed out, he had a ton of close losses even in his last season and if he lands Patty Mills, A.J. Oglsby and Nathan Jawai, well that just might have put us in a final four.  I mean some of our boosters would have still tried to sabotage him behind his back for not being Majerus, but we’d have been better.

When we look to the Jim Boylen era, the two names that stand out are Allen Crabbe and C.J. Wilcox, who were both headed to Utah until we lost them in 11th hour decisions to Pac-12 schools.  Wilcox was almost certainly the bigger deal.

With the way Utahns almost maniacally demand to have players from Utah on their team Wilcox would have been perfect.  A player with talent from the state, well it solves all of our problems.  Not the least of which was the crap reputation Boylen got for not recruiting in-state kids or being bad at it.  (And seriously if you believe this nonsense, I want names, talented Utah players Jim Boylen didn’t go after that turned out to be players.  We’re about facts here at Hoyo’s Revenge).

Instead at the 11th hour Lorenzo Romar gave C.J. Wilcox a bunch of cash errr… C.J. decided to sign with Washington.

C.J. would have been a very big deal for us.

So if today isn’t the day that Larry’s boys prove we’re back, imagine a different world and what might have been.

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  • Lance Howell

    Uh, names? Well you just named two. Oh, and I could name the entire teams from BYU and Utah State… Those are a bunch of guys from Utah that didn’t go to Utah. There’s some facts for you…Oh and before you say Boylen didn’t go after them you better be prepared to show some facts about that. After all, we’re all about facts here right?

    • Hoyos_Revenge

      No Lance I want names of people Boylen had a real shot at. Not BYU legacy kids and not kids who averaged 7PPG at Utah St. Those guys weren’t making Utah a power. So again give some names.

      • Lance Howell

        Utah St. has been pretty good with those players. I’d venture to guess that if Boylen had gotten those kids that went to Utah St. and steal a couple from BYU, he would have been better than what he was at Utah. And who says Utah can’t get kids from Provo or Orem High? Does Provo High equal legacy BYU?
        And if that is true, then Boylen was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And for the record, I liked Boylen as a head coach. What he needed was somebody who could coach offense (which he had when they won the 2009 MWC championship). After that though, the offense was stagnant and embarrassing because he lost his offensive coach.
        And I’m still not completely sold on our Coach K. I think having Tommy Connor on the bench is a huge plus. But I’m hopeful that this is the staff that can turn us around.