About Nigel Williams-Goss
Frustrated with the lack of team success despite his best efforts in two seasons at Washington, Williams-Goss decided to leave and look for a place that had a chance to do something special. Gonzaga impressed him with a detailed plan for his redshirt season; among other things, Mark Few and his staff wanted NWG to get bigger and stronger and improve the consistency of his jump shot. He managed to make those changes, and then he helped lead Gonzaga to previously unseen heights, all the way to the NCAA tournament title game. Williams-Goss was the acknowledged leader of an experienced team that just needed a catalyst at point guard, a job he served to perfection.
- Coach on the floor type
- Big-time competitor
- Seldom makes unforced errors
- Great in transition
- Good free-throw shooter
- Much improved 3 shooter
- Great rebounder
- Good length
- Smooth facilitator
- Good handle
- Doesn’t have great speed or explosiveness
NBA projection: Williams-Goss has been projected as a second-round pick who has an excellent chance of making a roster as a backup point guard.
In his first season after sitting out a year after transferring from Washington, Williams-Goss was the man who made Gonzaga go, propelling the Zags to their greatest run in the NCAA tournament ever—a trip to the finals. Though they lost to North Carolina, that doesn’t diminish what they or Williams-Goss achieved. He earned a shelf full of trophies this season, including All-American (first team, USBWA; second team, NABC), West Coast Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year (the first player in league history to achieve that feat), first-team Academic All-American, and the Elite 90 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the finals of all of the NCAA’s championships.
Key statistics: 16.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.1 tpg, 1.6 spg, 32.7 mpg, .486 FG, .368 3PT, .867 FT
Cool statistic: In WCC games only, Williams-Goss shot .924 from the free-throw line (73 of 79). He made 43 in a row at one point.
Reminds me of: Kendall Marshall
What Insiders Say
Gonzaga coach Mark Few
“He's such a ferocious competitor. And he's just such a winner, that I think it's hard for him to process losing [to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament finals], because it doesn't happen very often to him.”
What Outsiders Say
Northwestern coach Chris Collins
“He's a one-man fast break. He creates so much offense for them in the open floor. You really have to do a good job of trying to stop him and forcing them as best you can to play in the half court. There are so many times that they outlet that ball and he just makes it happen. They remind me in our league a little bit like Michigan State in that. They get you on your heels with their fast break game. He's the guy that makes them go. He's got a swagger to him, the way he carries himself, his poise.”
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