Williams-Goss forgoing NBA Draft, will return to Washington

Williams-Goss forgoing NBA Draft, will return to Washington
April 14, 2014, 10:15 am
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Williams-Goss' chances at the next level

After receiving encouraging feedback and deliberating for weeks, point guard Nigel Williams-Goss informs CSNNW.com that he has made what has been one of the most difficult decisions of his life: the freshman standout has elected not to enter the 2014 NBA Draft and will return to the University of Washington for his sophomore season.

“I’m very excited to be coming back,” Williams-Goss told CSNNW.com via phone. “I believe in the development of our current team along with the new recruits we got coming in, that we have a great chance to compete for the title in the Pac-12.

“The lure of playing in the NBA was an attractive situation that I had to look into. The information I got back was positive and informative, which made my decision even tougher. But ultimately my family and me felt like forgoing that path for now, and returning to school, was best for my career in this moment in time.”

The 6-3 2013 McDonald’s All-American participant is fresh off of a freshman season where he posted numbers of 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists while starting every single game for the Huskies. He is one of six players, and the lone freshman, in the six power conferences to average at least 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Williams-Goss, 19, shot 36 percent from three and in the final 14 PAC-12 contests; he shot an incredible 44 percent from three-point range. He set a school single-season assists record with 140 and last summer led the Gold Medal USA 19U in minutes played and assists.

Out of the top nine point guards expected to enter the Draft, Williams-Goss has the fifth highest three-point percentage among that group and the third highest field goal percentage (50 percent) inside the three-point line.

Washington finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 17-5 and 9-9 in conference play.