April 22, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland sophomore Chris Wilcox (Whiteville, N.C.) has notified Terrapins basketball coach Gary Williams of his intentions to enter the 2002 NBA Draft. Following are comments from Gary Williams about the 6-10, 220-pound forward who helped Maryland to the 2002 NCAA national championship.
"Chris Wilcox has made a decision to enter the 2002 NBA Draft," said Williams. "He will leave the University of Maryland in good academic standing and will look forward to continuing pursuit of his college degree. I think Chris will have a great career as a pro."
"In college, he has displayed outstanding attitude and character while continuing to improve his game and become a complete player. He has outstanding athletic skills and as a professional, he will continue to develop his outstanding potential."
"Chris was a very important part of our national championship team last season and we wish him continued success in his career."
Wilcox was Maryland's third-leading scorer with 12.0 points per game, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He averaged 13.5 points through six NCAA Tournament games. After starting the opening game of the season against Arizona, Wilcox came off the bench until the start of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule on Dec. 30 at NC State. Wilcox started the final 25 games of the season as Maryland went 23-2 and won its first outright ACC regular season title since 1980. Overall, Maryland finished 32-4 with a national championship and a No. 1 ranking by USA Today/ESPN.