One of the top high school basketball players in Utah has decided to take his talents elsewhere.

Pleasant Grove shooting guard C.J. Wilcox made a verbal commitment to the University of Washington late Sunday night, opting to head to the Pac-10 instead of accepting an offer from the University of Utah.

The 6-foot-5 Wilcox, who just completed his junior season at Pleasant Grove, averaged 23.7 points to lead the entire state in scoring last year. The Vikings finished second behind Lone Peak in Region 4, but were upset in the opening round of the 5A state tournament by Clearfield.

Wilcox, the son of former BYU player Craig Wilcox, is regarded as one of the two best players in his graduating class along with Lone Peak's Tyler Haws.

"It's a really neat deal to have a kid go to a Division I school; it's exciting to be able to follow those kids for the next four years and see them excel at the next level," said Pleasant Grove coach Randy McAllister.

Wilcox's high school coach believes the shooting guard is very deserving of the opportunity to play college basketball at the next level.

"He's a great example of putting in the time. The kid has been coming down to the gym five days a week the last three years. He has earned the right to shoot the ball and make the baskets he's made," said McAllister. "Skill-wise, he's ready for that level."

As a sophomore in the 2006-2007 season Wilcox was one of the leading scorers in 5A averaging 15.3 points.