Chris Haynes talks Williams-Goss on E&J
FRESNO -- University of Washington standout freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss is considering entering the 2014 NBA Draft, a source briefed on the prospect’s situation informed CSNNW.com.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity being that Williams-Goss and family have yet to make a final decision. Williams-Goss confirmed our report to Dave Softy Mahler of KJR Radio in Seattle via text: "Yes I'm definitely considering that possibility (entering draft) and exploring my options."
Williams-Goss, a 2013 McDonald’s All-American participant, just came off a season where he led PAC-12 freshmen in scoring (13.3 point per game) and assists (4.4 per game) while averaging 4.4 rebounds. The heady point guard was one of six players, and the lone freshman, in the six power conferences to average at least 13 points, 4 boards and four assists.
He also set the school’s single-season assists record with 140 and last summer, he led the Gold Medal USA 19U in minutes played and assists.
At 6-3, he’s a natural pass-first point guard that proved he could score at will when needed as evidence with his school single-game freshman scoring record of 32 points set against the Oregon State Beavers on Jan. 25, the second highest scoring output by an incoming McDonald’s All American (Andrew Wiggins 41 points).
A longtime NBA scout, who shall remain anonymous, spoke to CSNNW.com about Williams-Goss possibly forgoing his sophomore season.
“He’s a natural born leader and his court vision is beyond his years,” he said. “He’s a gym-rat, easy to coach and has tremendous upside. He didn’t have the best supporting cast at Washington and still was able to put up good numbers. The sky is the limit for that kid.”
When compared to NBA-level players, Wizard’s Andre Miller and head coach of the Warriors, Mark Jackson, are often mentioned due to similarities pertaining to their high basketball IQ and post-up ability.
However, Williams-Goss possesses a better outside shooting touch as he shot a blistering 35 percent from distance, and in the final 14 PAC-12 games, he shot a remarkable 44 percent from three-point range.
Washington finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 17-4 and 9-9 in conference play. The play of senior C.J. Wilcox and Williams-Goss were some of the few bright spots of the year for the team.