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May
3rd

Nigel Williams-Goss says he will transfer to Gonzaga

Washington' Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Washington’ Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Nigel Williams-Goss didn’t need to leave the state to find his fresh start.

The former Washington Huskies point guard, who announced his decision to leave the program on April 10, said on Sunday that he plans to transfer to Gonzaga.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Williams-Goss must sit out the 2015-16 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining thereafter.

As a sophomore in 2014-15, Williams-Goss led the Huskies with 15.6 points and 5.9 assists per game, en route to second-team All-Pac-12 honors. He announced in early April that he would continue his collegiate career elsewhere, telling the News Tribune at the time that “with all the change in the last two years, all the transfers that have left, Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) leaving the staff, there’s just a lot of change in the program, and I feel like I only have two years of eligibility left, and I’m just kind of looking for a fresh start.”

He hopes to find it with the Bulldogs, who advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 1999. Gonzaga and UW, which have not played each other since December 2006, are scheduled to renew their annual series during the 2016-17 season, when Williams-Goss will be eligible to play. Read more »

April
10th

Nigel Williams-Goss says no hard feelings toward Huskies, but change was needed

Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss (5) goes to the basket over Utah's Delon Wright in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss (5) goes to the basket over Utah’s Delon Wright in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

SEATTLE – Nigel Williams-Goss doesn’t know where he’ll play basketball next season.

He knows he will have options. The list of pursuers is already forming. UNLV, Texas, Georgetown, Michigan State, Providence, Arkansas, Stanford. And yes, Gonzaga, too.

Washington? Not anymore.

Williams-Goss, the Huskies’ leading scorer in 2014-15, made it official on Friday: he will not return to UW for his junior season, preferring instead to transfer to another Division 1 school, sit out the 2015-16 season and play as a fourth-year junior in 2016-17.

Oh, and sophomore guard Darin Johnson and junior center Gilles Dierickx, a pair of reserves, are leaving, too. The UW announced that all three players will transfer via a one-sentence press release on Friday morning.

But the loss of Williams-Goss will, without question, hurt the most. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard, Williams-Goss was named second-team all-league after leading the Huskies with 15.6 points and 5.9 assists per game during a disappointing 2014-15 season that ended when UW lost to Stanford in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

The Huskies finished the season with a 16-15 overall record – and 5-13 in Pac-12 play, good for 11th in the conference – and missed the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

The losing, Williams-Goss told The News Tribune during a telephone interview, was not the sole reason for his decision to leave, though such failure stands in stark contrast to the 124-8 record compiled by his Findlay Prep teams during his four-year career at the prep powerhouse.

Instead, he said the bevy of recent transfers leaving the program – and the departure of assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger, who returned to a similar position at Iowa State – made him yearn for a new opportunity elsewhere.

“I wouldn’t say anything was not good enough or anything like that,” Williams-Goss said. “I have no hard feelings for the program. Just with all the change in the last two years, all the transfers that have left, Coach T.J. leaving the staff, there’s just a lot of change in the program, and I feel like I only have two years of eligibility left, and I’m just kind of looking for a fresh start.” Read more »

April
10th

It’s official — Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Gilles Dierickx will transfer from Washington

The University of Washington men’s basketball program made it official on Friday, announcing that star point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, sophomore guard Darin Johnson and junior center Gilles Dierickx each will transfer from UW.

Each player has been granted his release by the school.

Including its six-player recruiting class, Washington is now down to 10 scholarship players. The maximum allowed is 13. Read more »

April
10th

Morning links: Wrapping up the Nigel Williams-Goss transfer drama

Washington' Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Washington’ Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

The offseason whims of Huskies point guard Nigel Williams-Goss were in the news yesterday, and it had nothing to do with the NBA draft.

A couple of reports indicated that Williams-Goss plans to transfer. The UW tried to hedge that a bit, taking the official stance that Williams-Goss is still evaluating his options. But it sounds increasingly likely that Washington’s best player will not play for the Huskies next season.

We wrapped up the day’s events in this story, and have a few more links for you below. Read more »

April
9th

Reports: Nigel Williams-Goss will transfer from UW

According to a couple reports this morning, including one from CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb, Huskies point guard Nigel Williams-Goss plans to transfer from the UW and spend his junior year elsewhere.

A UW spokesperson said Williams-Goss is “evaluating his options right now. Nothing is official.” Read more »

March
11th

Nigel Williams-Goss talks about Huskies’ season, says he’s not thinking about NBA draft yet

FROM LAS VEGAS — Huskies sophomore point guard Nigel Williams-Goss spoke with reporters shortly after UW’s 71-69 loss here to the Stanford Cardinal in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

He answered some questions about the game, the season, and whether he might be back next season.

(On losing like this to end the season) “It’s tough. Obviously no one wanted to go out like that. We feel like we played well enough to win. It hurts even worse because we lost on a game-winning 3 last year here in the first round. So it’s just tough to swallow right now.” Read more »

March
9th

Nigel Williams-Goss named second-team All-Pac-12

Huskies point guard Nigel Williams-Goss was named second-team All-Pac-12 on Monday morning, the only Huskies player honored in the conference’s end-of-season awards. He averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds throughout the regular season, and finished Pac-12 play with averages of 17.0 points and 5.3 assists.

Williams-Goss was named to the all-freshman team in 2013-14. WSU guard DaVonte Lacy, a Curtis High School alum, was named first-team all-conference.

Oregon guard Joseph Young was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, and Oregon coach Dana Altman was voted Coach of the Year. Defensive Player of the Year went to Gary Payton II of Oregon State; Arizona’s Stanley Johnson won Freshman of the Year; and Washington State’s Josh Hawkinson won Most Improved Player of the Year.

Here’s the full release from the Pac-12. Read more »