Pleasant Grove’s CJ Wilcox poised to be UV’s 6th NBA player

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Former Pleasant Grove High standout CJ Wilcox is being projected by many journalists as a likely first round pick during the 2014 NBA draft on June 26. (Photo by University of Washington Athletics)

CJ Wilcox who starred at Pleasant Grove High School before becoming a second team All Pac-12 performer at Washington is on the verge of becoming just the 6th player who prepped in Utah County to play in the NBA. Draft experts project Wilcox to be either a late first round or early second round pick. The following are former Utah County hoopsters that successfully transitioned to the NBA.

 

scan0031Brett Vroman

High School: Provo

NBA Draft: Philadelphia 76ers (1978/4th round/87th pick)

Brett Vroman was a 7-foot center who led Provo High School to back-to-back state titles and an amazing 52-game winning streak before signing with John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. Vroman played sparingly on a UCLA team that won the 1974 NCAA title. He transferred to UNLV for his senior season where he averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds. Vroman was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 4th round of the 1978 NBA draft, but never suited up for them. He played in 11 games for the Utah Jazz in the 1980-81 season before playing a majority of his career in Europe.

 

tumblr_mbpt2zbVKu1qzb7vjo1_1280Devin Durrant

High School: Provo

NBA Draft: Indiana Pacers (1984/2nd round/25th pick)

Before Devin Durrant was called to the LDS Sunday School General Presidency, he was starring for the Provo Bulldogs. He led his team to the state title in 1978, while also being named a McDonald’s All-American. Following high school, Durrant suited up for the BYU Cougars where he was named a consensus All-American and District 7 player of the year in 1984. After averaging 28 points and 5 rebounds a game as a senior, the Indiana Pacers selected Durrant with the 25th pick in the draft. Durrant played two seasons in Indiana, averaging 5 points and 2 rebounds per game.

 

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High School: Mountain View

NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks (2003/2nd round/37th pick)

Travis Hansen averaged 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 7.5 assists as a senior at Mountain View High School. Hansen spent one season at Utah Valley State College before serving an LDS mission. Upon his return he starred at BYU for three seasons. He led the Cougars to two Mountain West Conference Championships and averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds per game as a senior. The Atlanta Hawks selected Hansen in the second round of the 2003 draft. He played just one season for the Hawks before moving on to a successful career in Europe where he excelled for teams in Spain and Russia.

 

daviesBrandon Davies

High School: Provo

NBA Draft: Undrafted

Brandon Davies helped lead the Provo Bulldogs to state titles as a sophomore and junior. Following a stellar prep career he signed with his hometown Cougars. He was a two-time All-WCC performer at BYU and finished his career 5th in rebounds, 5th in blocks and 10th in scoring for the Cougars. Davies signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers and went on to make the team. He played in 56 games for the 76ers, averaging 3 points and 2 rebounds.

 

Hamilton_JustinJustin Hamilton

High School: Lone Peak

NBA Draft: Philadelphia 76ers (2012/2nd round/45th pick)

After leading Lone Peak to the 5A state title in 2008, Justin Hamilton set out to play for Iowa State. Hamilton played two seasons for the Cyclones, before transferring to LSU. In his lone season for the Tigers, he averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds. Following that season he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round and was traded to Miami. He spent the 2012 season playing in Croatia. He is currently a member of the Miami Heat where he has appeared in 8 games, averaging 3 points and 1 rebound.

Information was added about Justin Hamilton on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9:52 a.m.

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Jon Eyre has worked in marketing communications at a number of high tech companies in Utah Valley for the past nine years. He is a 2003 graduate of BYU, and worked as a graduate assistant for the school's Sports Information Department for the 2003 and 2004 football seasons. When he isn't working, Jon spends his time scouring the internet searching for obscure indie bands, trying to decipher the meaning of Lost, or hanging out with his wife and three children.

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