July 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM
Nigel Williams-Goss helps USA to world title
Washington incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss (second near left) capped the FIBA U-19 World Championship with a personal best 15 points to help Team USA to an 82-68 win over Serbia in the gold-medal game Sunday.
He converted 6 of 9 shots, including 2 of 3 three-pointers. He also had a rebound, assist and a steal in a game-high 29 minutes.
Williams-Goss was a reserve in each of the nine tournament games, but he averaged a team-high 22.9 minutes in the tourney and was the only American to log over 200 minutes (205).
He averaged 7.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and a team-high 2.7 assists. He shot 49.1 percent overall, including a team-high 42.1 percent (8 of 19) on three-pointers. He shot 90.0 percent (9 of 10) on free throws, which tied for a team high.
On his Twitter account, Williams-Goss said: “Call me whatever you want.. Just don’t forget to call me a WORLD CHAMPION AND A GOLD MEDALIST!”
Here’s a brief interview with Williams-Goss after the game.
Arizona incoming freshman Aaron Gordon, the only other Pac-12 player on the team, captured tournament MVP honors. For the tourney, he averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds, both team highs. He shot 61.2 percent from the field.
The United States finished 9-0 in the tournament and rarely received a real challenge. Team USA won eight games by double digits and its average margin of victory was 39.6 points. The Americans smothered opponents defensively while forcing an average of 22.0 turnovers per game. Team USA also dominated the rebounding margin 48.8 to 29.2.
The USA rebounded from going without a medal in 2011 to clinching an undefeated gold for the fourth time. They also did it n 1979, 1991 adn 2009. It is the Americans’ record fifth U19 World Championship title.