Impact Report - Nigel Williams-Goss

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar secured his first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class when Findlay Prep (Nev.) point guard Nigel Williams-Goss chose the Huskies over Harvard, UCLA and UNLV. When he lands on campus a year from now, Williams-Goss joins what should be a talented, veteran Husky roster.

He figures to earn immediate playing time as the Dawgs look to replace Abdul Gaddy, who will graduate next spring.

The talented native of Portland, Ore. is known for his high basketball IQ and court awareness.  He's an excellent passer, particularly effective in transition, and while not especially athletic is a crafty scorer in penetration.  He also uses a nifty two-handed runner off the dribble, though he may find it more challenging to get his shot off at the college level.

Continuing a recent trend at Washington of taller point guards, Williams-Goss has great size for his position at 6-foot-3. The added length gives him a significant advantage from the point where he's able to see over most defenders, but it also pays dividends on the defensive end where he really shines.  Few prep basketball enter college programs with a reputation as a defensive standout, but that isn't the case with Nigel.  In true Husky style, he's an energetic, opportunistic rebounder who uses his size effectively in the paint.

  One of the benefits of attending Findlay Prep is the fact that they play against consistently high level competition, and Williams-Goss has drawn rave reviews for his work defending some of the top players in the country -  players like top-rated Simeon (Chicago) High School superstar and UW recruit Jabari Parker. The Huskies have struggled defensively in recent years, and Williams-Goss' presence should quickly pay dividends on that end of the floor. He's not shy about taking big shots with the game on the line. He hit the game winning bucket in overtime to carry Findlay Prep past Montverde of Florida to win the ESPN National High School Invitational Championship. And not only that - he made the defensive stop to preserve the win.

  Husky fans have been quick to compare the newest Dawg to current UW point guard Abdul Gaddy, and in truth that isn't a bad comparison. They are both heady, cerebral floor managers, similar both in size and athleticism.  Neither is a great shooter from outside and they won't wow you with highlight reel dunks, but they share the same unpredictable, tough-to-defend penetration skills. Though not especially quick, Williams-Goss is at his best in transition, which should suit the Huskies just fine.  While Gaddy may be a bit more polished offensively, Williams-Goss has the better motor, not unlike former Cal star Jorge Gutierrez.  Like Gutierrez and Gaddy, it may to take a couple of years of seasoning to maximize Williams-Goss' talents, but the long-term payoff could be huge.

  Williams-Goss possesses all of the intangibles coaches clamor for: He's a born leader and takes great pride in his ability to elevate his teammates' play; he's also an individual of high moral character and a standout academically, carrying a 4.0 grade point average. Listening to an interview with Williams-Goss the mature, well spoken young man conjures up images of a seasoned professional rather than a high school junior. 

  On paper, Williams-Goss fills a glaring need in a 2013 recruiting class that's short on quality point guards out west. He'll be expected to compete for playing time right away with presumptive starter Andrew Andrews in what has the potential to be a promising Husky rotation - one that is also expected to include seniors C.J. Wilcox and Mark McLaughlin, as well as a veteran front court that includes juniors Desmond Simmons, Martin Breunig, Shawn Kemp, senior transfer Perris Blackwell and redshirt sophomore Jernard Jarreau.

  After a relatively quiet 2012 recruiting session, Williams-Goss gets the 2013 recruiting class started with a bang - presumably the first commitment of what could be several high profile UW recruits on their radar.  His commitment leaves four scholarship spots remaining.  The Huskies need rotation depth in the backcourt as well as depth at the center position - and of course they need to earn the commitment of prep phenom Aaron Gordon - the high flying, uber-talented forward from the Bay Area and one of the top prospects in all of high school basketball.


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