Washington sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss is featured on the Northwest regional cover of Athlon Sports’ 2014-15 college basketball preview, which hit the newsstands last week.
The magazine tabs Williams-Goss as a second-team all-Pac-12 performer. However, that’s where the compliments end for the Huskies.
Even with big man Robert Upshaw in the fold, Athlon doesn’t believe coach Lorenzo Romar will turn things around this season after a three-year NCAA tournament drought.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of anonymous bylines, but here’s what the magazine wrote about Washington:
“Romar admits his recruiting mistakes have led to malaise. He tried and failed to upgrade by pursuing one-and-done players, forcing him to settle for far lesser talent. He also has been unable to bring in players who can score consistently in the paint; it’s been so bad that opposing teams extend their defenses to the UW perimeter and practically ignore the guys down low. If Upshaw can get his affairs in order, that would be a huge boon. Otherwise, the coach will be left to roll the ball out to Williams-Goss and overburden him with responsibility. Either way, the Huskies, 18-16 and 17-15 the past two seasons, respectively, appear headed for yet another second-division finish in the Pac-12 – and more grumbling.”
And here’s a look at the Pac-12’s projected order of finish and all-conference teams, according to Athlon.
10. Arizona State
11. Oregon State
12. Washington State
Brandon Ashley, Arizona
Stanley Johnson, ArizonaChasson Randle, Stanford
Josh Scott, Colorado
Delon Wright, Utah
Askia Booker, Colorado
Anthony Brown, Stanford
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington
Joseph Young, Oregon
Kevon Looney, UCLA
T.J. McConnell, Arizona
David Kravish, California
DaVonte Lacy, Washington State
Norman Powell, UCLA