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November 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Nigel Williams-Goss plays like a veteran

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At 19, Nigel Williams-Goss is one of the youngest players on the Washington team, however, the freshman point guard plays like cagey old veteran. He’s not shy about being vocal on the court and giving direction.

“I don’t think I’m bossy in a sense,” he said. “I think we’re all teammates and we’re all trying to help each other. When my other teammates, when they see something on the floor they speak up and I do the same. I think that’s the great thing about our team. We have a real vocal team this year and everyone is communicating with each other. And we’re all receptive and willing to hear what others have to say.”

Williams-Goss also said playing on the gold-medal winning Team USA in the FIBA U-19 World Championship helped him gain an understanding of the NCAA’s new defensive rules.

“These new rules are real similar to the international rules and I think that helped me a lot,” he said. “There’s no hand check. That’s the biggest thing. Anytime they see your hand go on an offensive player, it’s an automatic foul. In the U.S. we have the reputation of playing a real aggressive defense and … the refs were big on the US team about our hands. The first couple of games, we were getting in foul trouble right off the bat. As the tournament progressed, we learned to play without our hands.”

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