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Nigel Williams-Goss

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Name: Nigel Williams-Goss

School: Villanova

Season: Junior (Redshirted for a season upon transferring)

ESPN High School Ranking: 19 (2013)

Birthdate: September 16, 1994 (22)

Birthplace: Happy Valley, Oregon


- Parents Virgil and Valerie Williams-Goss

- Mom is a therapist

High School: Findlay College Prep


- 2013 McDonald's All-American

- 2013 Jordan Brand Classic

- 2014 All Pac-12 Freshman Team

- Won 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship with Team USA

Twitter: NigelWG5

Instagram: NigelWG5

Height: 6'3

Weight: 195

Wingspan: 6'6

Standing Reach: 8'5

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Has a 3.8 GPA

- Had a lot of turnover going into Junior season at Washington - thought it was best to move on with a more experienced team 

- Thought the style of play at Gonzaga matches his - lots of ball screens, pushing the ball

- Thinks he has a high basketball IQ, which is required to play at Gonzaga

- Came to Gonzaga to win

- Psychology Major

- Reads a lot of sports psychology books

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 13.4 PPG

- 4.4 RPG

- 4.4 APG 

- 1.1 SPG

- 46% FG

- 36% 3

- 72% FT

Sophomore Season Stats:

- 15.6 PPG

- 4.7 RPG

- 5.9 APG

- 1.1 SPG

- 44% FG

- 26% 3

- 76% FT

Junior Season Stats: Through 16 games

- 15 PPG

- 5.9 RPG

- 4.8 APG

- 1.7 SPG

- 49% FG

- 42% 3

- 91% FT


- 1st in defensive win shares in the NCAA

- 7th in defensive rating in the NCAA

- 6th in win shares in the NCAA

- 11th in win shares per 40 minutes in the NCAA

- 1st in defensive win shares and free throw percentage in the West Coast Conference in 2016-17

- 2nd in offensive box plus/minus in the West Coast Conference in 2016-17

- 3rd in steals per game, steal percentage, and defensive rating in the West Coast Conference in 2016-17

Position: PG/SG

Greatest Strength: IQ

Greatest Weakness: N/A

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 7

Speed: 7

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 8

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 7

Handle: 7

Passing: 8

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 7

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 

Steals: 8

Blocks: N/A

Pick and Roll: 

- Effective using ball screens to get to the rim

- Good defending ball screens - capable of fighting over and staying in-front

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Solid athlete

- Good rebounder for a guard

- Good and smart passer - keeps it simple, doesn't force difficult passes, makes sure everyone gets their touches

- Head always up

- Aware help defender - never loses his man

- High IQ

- Doesn't force shots, lets the game come to him

- Squares up quickly on off ball screen jumpers

- Can play slow or fast

- Very good shooter - has only improved over the years

- Good on ball and help defender

- Surprisingly quick first step

- Defensive leader - always talking and pointing where everyone needs to be

Game Analysis: 

- vs. San Francisco

- #2 Frankie Ferrari

- #22 Chase Foster

- #14 Charles Minlend

- #3 Ronnie Boyce

- Good denial on the cut

- Curls off double up screens, hits a 3 straightaway

- Drives right, hesitates and gets to the rim for a layup

- Very nice hesitation at right 45 fakes to use ball screen then denies, gets in lane, draws help and dumps off to Williams for a dunk

- Good outlet pass in transition

- Gets open on baseline cut, receives and hits easy layin

- Points on D to make sure everyone knows who they have

- Drives left from right 45, FT line pullup jumper - miss

- 3 on 2 transition draws the defender and passes off to open man for layup

- Good boxout

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - hits

- Steal in denial on perimeter

- Drives right on the catch, hits right handed floater in the lane

- Left screen on out of bounds play, curls into short corner and hits jumper

- Great over the top feed in the lane to Karnowski

- Misses catch and shoot 3 at left 45

- Hits Tillie running the floor on the right wing for a layup

- Uses right ball screen, quick first step, gets in lane and hits Nelson in short corner for a layup

- Catches at right 45, pumps, gets in the lane, euro steps right to left and finishes at the hoop

- Catch and shoot 3 at left 45 - hits

- NBA move - pumps, dribbles right, behind the back dribble then step back - hits deep 2 jumper

- Posts up on left block, backs down, fakes left, turns right and banks in shot

- Fakes using screen left at right 45, denies and drives right, finishes with right floater near rim - good body control

NBA Comparison: Better Evan Turner

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: Late 2nd Round

Opinion: Williams-Goss is a natural basketball player with a High IQ. His has very good feel for the game in terms of balancing getting everyone involved and his own scoring. He simply takes what the defense gives him. One thing I really like about Williams-Goss is that not only does he shoot a really good percentage, but he also has had very few poor shooting games, and never lets his poor shooting affect the team's ability to win the game. Another positive is that Williams-Goss is playing a similar role that he would play as a PG in the NBA, so he will not have to adjust his game to fit in at the next level. Williams-Goss can play either guard position and is a solid defender as well. I think Williams-Goss is a great leader and a good enough athlete to compete in the NBA. He should be a very reliable rotation player.