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November 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Nigel Williams-Goss: “It was a great day”

Had a chance to catch up with the newest Washington Husky, Nigel Williams-Goss shortly after he signed scholarship papers with UW.
Here’s the interview.
(Tell me what this day was like for you.) “It was great. It was something like I’ve never felt before. It’s one thing to be committed to a school and then to sign that letter of intent, your commitment level goes up to another level. Tehre’s just nothing like it.
(Describe your emotions) “I was definitely excited. I wasn’t really nervous because I had already made my decision. It wasn’t like I was coming into Signing Day and making a decision and announcing my decision. I was just excited to get it over with and officially become a Husky.”
(Do you feel any different or is it just like any other day?) “It’s definitely you feel a tighter bond with the coaches and the school itself. I’m just really looking forward to getting up there and being one step closer to my dreams.”
(Have you had a chance to talk with anyone from Washington?) “It’s funny I just got off the phone with coach (Lorenzo) Romar. We talked for awhile. We had a really good conversation.”
(What did you talk about?) “We talked about obviously it being an exciting day. We talked about some other recruits that I know that they were after. So we talked about that. We talked about their games coming up. We talk about everything. Me and coach Romar have a really great relationship and we talk about pretty much everything under the sun.”

(How long have you guys known each other?) “We’ve known each other for awhile. The recruiting with Washington really started when I was in the eighth grade. Not anything official or anything, but just going up to their elite camps and stuff like that. So the relationship has been building for over four years.”
(You’re a point guard, Romar is a former point guard in college and the NBA. Did his playing history help sway our decision?) “That’s huge and that was the biggdst factor in my decision. He has so much knowledge. I just feel like him being at where I want to get to I can do nothing but learn from him. I know he has so much stuff to teach me and I’m interested and excited to learn from him.”
(What other schools were you interested in?) “My final five, it came down to Washington, Harvard, UCLA, UNLV and Oklahoma.”
(Why did you pick Washington?) “One was obviously the relationship that I just spoke of and the length of time that I’ve known the whole coaching staff. Two was the style of play and the amount of responsibility that the point guard and guards have in his offense. And then the conference was big. Just the type of person that coach Romar is, I just felt that the trust was there and everything else. The comfort level was high.”
(I hear you’re the only freshman in the history of Findlay Prep. What does that mean to you?) “It means everything. It’s no secret the reputation that Findlay has built over the time that it’s been around. I think we’re definitely established as one of the premier high school programs in the country. To be the only four-year player that they’ve ever gone after and wanted to be in the program, it’s an honor and definitely a blessing. I don’t take it for granted. Ever.”
(The folks around you talk highly about your maturity and decision-making. Where does that come from?) “I think a lot of it has been from Findlay Prep. Coming here so young – at the age of 14 when I first got here – this program really helps you mature faster. They say college prep schools, they get you so prepared mentally and physically for college. And I think that’s happened to me. Being at such a high-level program at such a young age and having responsibilities on and off the court, it just really helped me mature a lot.”
(Where is your hometown?) “Portland, Ore.”
(I see sometimes your hometown is listed as Happy Valley, Ore.) “I moved around, but I was born in Portland.”
(What does it take for a 14-year-old to move from Portland to Nevada?) “It took a lot. I gave up the traditional high school experience. Going to a regular public school or even a big private school. All of my friends and family are back there. I gave that stuff up to really prepare myself for this moment and get ready to go to college. Luckily my parents moved down to Vegas with me when I moved so I wasn’t completely by myself. So it’s me and my parents. It’s been a lot, but now that I look back on it it’s been the best decision that I could have made.”
(When you sign your letter of intent, does it validate that decision you made four years ago to leave Portland?) “Yeah definitely. Going to such a prestigious program and playing for such a great coach like coach Romar. Being in a power six conference. Playing basketball. The biggest thing is my family doesn’t have to pay for me to go to college. It’s just unreal. There’s been a lot of hard work. A lot of time put into this. But like you said, looking back it was definitely worth it.”
(What type of player are you?) “I’m a true point guard. That comes from leadership on and off the floor. As far as on the floor, I take pride in my defense. That’s kind of been one of my biggest staples in high school, just being a really good on- and off-ball defender. From the PG spot I can do a lot of different things offensively. Really do whatever I need to do to help my team win.”

(Who have you modeled your game after?)
“Definitely Deron Williams. He’s a big scoring point guard like myself. He’s one that I watch a lot just because he does so many things on the floor. I kind of see myself in that mode.”
(What number would you like to wear?) “I’m going to wear No. 5 at Washington.”
(Why?) “It’s just a number that I wore over the AAU circuit. I’ve never worn it in high school or anything like that. I want to wear it again in college.”
(Last year Findlay won the national title. How do things look this season?) “The USA Today they just came out with their high school rankings and right now we’re at No. 2. The goal is to definitely repeat and win the championship again.”
(What will you do after high school? Thinking about playing on a national team or anything like that?) “After the season, I’ll see how I finish up the year academically. I’ll graduate and then I’ll probably enroll in early summer classes and get up there as soon as possible.”

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