Times columnist Jerry Brewer sat down with Nigel Williams-Goss Thursday at Washington media day and came away impressed with the sophomore guard.
Brewer writes: “From the moment you set eyes on the sophomore point guard, you notice his improvement. He spent the offseason in the weight room, changing his body for the better. He was listed at 185 pounds as a freshman. He’s now listed at 190, and he’s toned. No traces of baby fat leftover from high school anymore. The differences in his neck, chest and shoulders are striking. He’s still lean, but you wouldn’t call him skinny. Coming off an impressive freshman season, Williams-Goss appears determined to expand his game and enhance the prospects of a team that isn’t expected to be much.
“You notice a difference even in talking to Williams-Goss. He has always been articulate and professional, but there’s a greater confidence to him. He talks for the team now. He is a co-captain with backcourt mate Andrew Andrews, the only two returning Huskies who averaged double figures last season. And with Williams-Goss as an undisputed leader, his intelligence, will to win and other intangibles will have a greater influence on the team.”
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Entering his 13th year at Washington, coach Lorenzo Romar has never began a season with so many questions.
— The Associated Press reports the Huskies will lean on an experienced backcourt to support an unproven and thin front line.
— Mike Anderson told the Everett Herald: “We’re way tougher. We came into the summer really determined to get better, and I feel like everybody just bought into what we’re tying to do. And everybody knows we had to be tougher. Coach Romar loves tough players.”
— More hot seat talk involving Romar.
— It’s a good problem to have, but Utah now has to deal with heightened expectations for a team that finished 21-12 last season.
— Colorado junior forward Josh Scott is one of the best players in the Pac-12 and he figures to attract plenty of attention this season from opponents.
— Xavier Talton has been a role player the past two years at Colorado, but the junior guard is hoping for an expanded role this season.
— Oregon coach Dana Altman said he was aware of Elgin Cook’s criminal past before recruiting him.
— Former Kentridge High standout Shaquielle McKissic will be given every opportunity to be a star at Arizona State. He averaged 9 points and 4.5 rebounds last season.
— USC began practice Wednesday.
— Six CBSsports.com college basketball analysts were unanimous picking Arizona to win the Pac-12 regular-season title.
— Amazing video of Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer making 70-75 three-pointers in five minutes.