- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 13, 2002

No decision has been made on Chris Wilcox's basketball future, according to the Maryland player's mother, Debra Brown. Brown and Wilcox met briefly with Terrapins coach Gary Williams yesterday morning to discuss the situation.

"We had a good conversation," said Brown, who returned home to Whiteville, N.C., last night. "No decision has been made. We didn't really have any questions. We just wanted to talk. That's what happened. We don't need to make a quick decision. We have until May 12."

May 12 is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA Draft. Wilcox, a sophomore, could enter the draft and retain his college eligibility if he does not sign with an agent and withdraws a week before the June 26 draft.

Williams did not return a phone call yesterday afternoon. The coach has reiterated that Wilcox would be better off financially and in terms of his basketball development if he stays at Maryland one more year.

There is speculation that the 6-foot-10 power forward already has decided to turn professional after helping Maryland to its first national championship. Wilcox has said if he is a lottery (top 13) selection, he almost definitely would make the jump. He has widely been projected as a top-10 pick.

The high-flying big man returned to classes Wednesday after spending a week at home in North Carolina. He will remain in College Park at least until there is a decision, according to his mother.

"Chris is staying in school and just relaxing right now," Brown said. "What it boils down to is, Chris is going to have to make a difficult decision. And I am going to support it."

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