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Nigel Williams-Goss returning to Washington

After a brief flirtation with the NBA, Washington star Nigel Williams-Goss told the Huskies he’s returning in 2014-15 for his sophomore season.


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After a brief flirtation with the NBA, Washington men’s basketball star Nigel Williams-Goss told the Huskies he’s returning in 2014-15 for his sophomore season.

He never applied for early entry to the June 26 draft or asked the league for a formal draft evaluation.

However, Williams-Goss, 19, spent a week or so informally gathering information on his draft potential.

“The lure of playing in the NBA was an attractive situation that I had to look into,” he told CSNNW.com. “The information I got back was positive and informative, which made my decision even tougher.

“But ultimately my family and me felt like forgoing that path for now, and returning to school was best for my career in this moment in time.”

The NCAA requires college basketball players to withdraw from the draft by April 15 to retain their college eligibility. Meanwhile, the NBA gives players until April 27 to apply for early entry to the draft.

Last week Williams-Goss’ father Virgil indicated the family would make a decision before the NCAA deadline. He said he was ‘very happy’ and ‘encouraged’ by the initial draft reports, which seemed to confirm the 6-3, 185-pound freshman ranks among the best point guards in the nation.

Williams-Goss averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists — one of five point guards from the six major conferences who averaged at least 13-4-4.

“My assessment of his first year at UW – and I’m doing this assessment like I was a neutral party and not his dad — but it was a phenomenal year,” Virgil Williams-Goss said. “I think based on his teammates, his situation, stepping in from Day 1 and then the numbers he produced on a consistent basis throughout the season.”

Washington didn’t participate in the postseason after finishing the 2013-14 season with a 17-15 record. Williams-Goss, their leading returning scorer who was voted to the Pac-12 all-freshman team, figures prominently in the Huskies’ plans next season.

Sophomore guard Andrew Andrews (12.3 points per game) is the only other UW returner who averaged more than six points last season.

“I’m very excited to be coming back,” Williams-Goss told CSNNW.com. “I believe in the development of our current team along with the new recruits we got coming in, that we have a great chance to compete for the title in the Pac-12.”

Williams-Goss joins Utah junior guard Delon Wright, Oregon junior guard Joseph Young, Colorado junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie and Arizona sophomore forward Brandon Ashley on a list of Pac-12 players who considered leaving early for the draft before deciding to return to school.

Note

• Washington senior guard C.J. Wilcox chose agent Aaron Mintz of CAA, who also represents Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and former Husky Terrence Ross.

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com.



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