Washington picked up a big commitment for the class of 2013 this morning when point guard Nigel Williams-Goss chose the Huskies over Harvard, UCLA, UNLV and Oklahoma.
In a tweet this morning, he wrote: “That I will be heading the University of Washington!!! Very proud and excited to join #HuskyNation”
Williams-Goss is considered a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout. He grew up in Portland and plays for powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
In a blog for National Recruiting Spotlight, Williams-Goss explained why he picked the Huskies. He’s a 4.0 student who studied a Chinese language and said his final decision was between UW and Harvard.
He writes: “At the end of the day I had to follow my heart and it was the University of Washington that I felt most comfortable with. I felt that Washington met all the criteria that I was looking for in a school and basketball program.
“There is no substitute for a coach that has watched you mature over a time span of four years and stuck with you through thick and thin. The only two groups of coaches that I can honestly say have helped in my development as a person and player are [Head] Coach (Michael) Peck and the staff at Findlay and Coach Romar and his staff at Washington. And because of that I will always feel most connected to these two programs.
“I am excited and very thankful to God that he has blessed me with this opportunity to extend my basketball career at the University of Washington.”
Williams-Goss also said he plans to help the Huskies recruit 2013 prospects Aaron Gordon, Isaac Hamilton and Marcus Lee. Gordon is considered a top five overall recruit by ESPN.
With the addition of Williams-Goss, it’s unclear if Washington is still targeting Zach LaVine, a four-star point guard from Bothell who has UCLA and UW high on his list. A recruiting analyst with knowledge of the situation told me this morning, “Washington has gotten to a point where it can extend what I like to call invitations and the first one who RSVPs gets the spot.”
They’re a little old, but here’s a couple of highlight videos (below) on Williams-Goss.
May 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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