A few months ago Nigel Williams-Goss flirted with the idea of leaving Washington after one year and bolting to the NBA draft.
This weekend the sophomore point guard will get a chance to gauge whether he’s ready for the next level.
Williams-Goss is one of 20 collegiate guards invited to the CP3 Elite Guard Camp, hosted by six-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul. The camp is Aug. 7-10 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Others expected to attend include: Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright, Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Wichita State’s Fred Van Fleet, Clemson’s Rod Hall, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes and Charlotte’s Pierria Henry.
The camp also invites the nation’s top 30 high school guards and the college players serve as counselors to the prep stars while learning from Paul, a nine-year NBA veteran with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Last season Williams-Goss was one of the few bright spots for Washington, which finished 17-15, tied for eighth in the Pac-12 at 9-9 and missed the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.
He started all 32 games and led Pac-12 freshmen with 13.2 scoring and 4.4 assists averages. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds and was one of six players in the six major conferences who averaged at least 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Williams-Goss, who was voted to the Pac-12 all-freshman team, set UW freshman records with 32 points on Jan. 25 against Oregon State and 10 assists versus the Beavers on Feb. 22.
The CP3 Elite Camp has an impressive list of alumni, including current NBA players Isaiah Thomas (Phoenix Suns), Peyton Siva (Detroit Pistons), Trey Burke (Utah Jazz), Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers), Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) and Kendall Marshall (Milwaukee Bucks).
It’s interesting to note, NBAdraft.net does not include a collegiate point guard in its first-round projections.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Arizona will open the Maui Invitational against Missouri on Nov. 24.
— UCLA will play Oklahoma on Nov. 26 in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
— Arizona State will play Maryland on Nov. 24 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.