Nigel Williams-Goss looked comfortable playing alongside and against the best high school seniors in the nation.
The incoming Washington freshman point guard finished with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting and six assists while helping the West team to a 110-99 victory in the McDonald’s All-American game at the United Center on Tuesday night.
Williams-Goss also had two rebounds, shot 2 of 2 on free throws and was one of the few players who played any defense. He had two blocks and a steal to offset three turnovers in 15 minutes.
Here’s the official box score.
Defense was optional in the hoops showcase and most fans wanted to see the offensive exploits of the young stars.
Late in the game, Williams-Goss delivered two passes to future Arizona Wildcat Aaron Gordon, who finished the plays with spectacular dunks. Gordon led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting and had eight rebounds to claim the MVP award.
The Pac-12 had four incoming freshmen in the game. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona) and Jabari Bird (California) each had nine points.
Here’s a link to a video interview with Williams-Goss by ChicagoHoops.com.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— California junior guard Allen Crabbe will enter the NBA draft. The Pac-12 MVP is the first underclassmen in the conference to turn pro.
— Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson is still weighing his options.
— Three former Pac-12 players will play in the NABC Division I College All-Star game on Friday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as part of the festivities surrounding the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a look at the rosters, including Larry Drew II (UCLA), Carrick Felix (Arizona State) and E.J. Singler (Oregon). Felix will also participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at 4 p.m. Thursday.
— Former Washington standout Justin Holiday made his NBA debut Wednesday night. He had two points and two rebounds for the Phladelphia 76ers, which lost 88-83 to Charlotte. Here’s video of Justin talking about reuniting with his younger brother Jrue.
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