Washington freshman Nigel Williams-Goss told the Huskies he’s returning for his sophomore season, according to a school spokesperson.
The 6-3 guard considered turning pro and entering the 2014 NBA draft.
“I’m very excited to be coming back,” Williams-Goss told CSNNW.com. “I believe in the development of our current team along with the new recruits we got coming in, that we have a great chance to compete for the title in the Pac-12.
“The lure of playing in the NBA was an attractive situation that I had to look into. The information I got back was positive and informative, which made my decision even tougher. But ultimately my family and me felt like forgoing that path for now, and returning to school, was best for my career in this moment in time.”
Per NCAA rules, college basketball players who do not declare for the draft and who do not hire an agent must withdraw their name from consideration by April 15 to retain their college eligibility.
However, the NBA stipulates underclassmen have until April 27 to apply for early entry to the June 26 draft.
Williams-Goss’ return is good news for Washington, which loses starters C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell, a pair of senior co-captains, and junior forward Desmond Simmons, who is transferring. The Huskies finished 17-15 during 2013-14 and next season Williams-Goss, their leading returning scorer, figures prominently in the team’s plans.
He averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists – one of five point guards from the six major conferences who averaged at least 13-4-4.
“You’d imagine next year he’ll come back and be one of the better point guards in the country,” coach Lorenzo Romar said weeks ago. “That’s what I see.”
William-Goss joins Utah junior guard Delon Wright and Oregon junior guard Joseph Young on a short list of Pac-12 players who flirted with the NBA before deciding to return to school.
The list of Pac-12 players who have announced they’re leaving school early for NBA draft include: Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson, UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson, UCLA freshman guard Zach LaVine and Oregon State junior forward Eric Moreland.