Rumors had been swirling that Nigel Williams-Goss was going to leave the Huskies following his sophomore campaign. He had been flirting with the NBA, is what the rumors told us. He wanted to try his hand at playing with the big boys, hearing from multiple NBA players that he could hang in the league.
Those rumors had the leaving part right. It was reported this morning by insider Clay Dade that the Husky point guard was transferring from the program.
Jason Scheer revealed that the reason for the All-Academic's departure was a clashing with teammates. Players just don't like playing with Williams-Goss, with a trail going back to his AAU days. We may finally now have the reasoning for Aaron Gordon's commitment to the University of Arizona instead of Washington: Williams-Goss. Marshall Cherrington revealed that this morning.
While it may be a boost to players' morale on the court, losing Williams-Goss is going to be a huge blow to the team. His ability to score, distribute and rebound was unique to the Pac-12, and he may have the best floater in the country. His final stats for the season were 15.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals. His assist percentage was second in the conference at 35.9 percent.
This is probably the most shocking news that could have come out for us Husky fans, and I personally am still running through possible situations in my head trying to piece together what is happening. Washington has not confirmed anything, stating that WIlliams-Goss "is evaluating his options as of right now." Dade's report states that he has already gotten his release. Chances are that he is gone.
The starting point guard battle will now likely be between David Crisp and Andrew Andrews, with Andrews having the potential to slide off the ball like he did so often with Williams-Goss around.