Mark Few continues to be a force in the transfer market as ex-Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss has announced that he will to transfer to Gonzaga. The former husky was an absolute floor general for UW last year, averaging 15.6 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds in his sophomore season.
Last year, the 6-foot-3 guard shot 44% from the floor, 25% from behind the arc, and 76% from the free throw line. Due to the NCAA’s transfer rules, Williams-Goss has to sit out of the 2015-16 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining after his redshirt year.
Being one of the most sought-after players on the market this offseason, Williams-Goss chose the Zags over the likes of Texas, UNLV, Michigan State, Georgetown, Arkansas, and Providence. His versatile skill set and passing ability made him a hot commodity for some highly-regarded names in college basketball, further signifying what a great pick-up this is for Mark Few.
What’s most exciting, though, is the already-talented backcourt that Gonzaga had in place before landing Williams-Goss. Josh Perkins and Silas Melson compose the future of the Bulldogs’ perimeter presence, and as we have seen from the 2014-15 season, we’re in good hands. Though young, these two guards have shown a hefty amount of promise and potential, especially after learning under the veteran presence of Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos last year.
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Just the thought of Williams-Goss standing alongside such a remarkably talented duo gets Gonzaga fans’ heartbeats skyrocketing with excitement. (And we haven’t even touched on the impact that former redshirt Bryan Alberts will have with the Bulldogs backcourt.)
Nigel is the newest addition to a list of talented transfers that have landed with Gonzaga in recent years. Kyle Wiltjer (Kentucky), Byron Wesley (USC), Angel Nunez (Louisville), and Eric McClellan (Vanderbilt) have all left their former program to put on a Gonzaga uniform. They’ve all been wonderful (and sometimes vital) additions for the Bulldogs, and Williams-Goss’ story shouldn’t be any different.
The last time the Zags received a transfer from their rival huskies, they landed an All-American point guard in Dan Dickau, who has gone down as one of the best players in Gonzaga history. Will Nigel Williams-Goss’ story take that same path? We can’t say for sure, but there’s one thing that is definite: Nigel is going to make a huge impact on this team and will transcend the Bulldogs to another level once he becomes eligible. Zag nation cannot wait to see him on the floor.
Congratulations, Nigel, and welcome to the Bulldog family.