Rising junior point guard Nigel Williams-Goss has announced he will transfer from Washington and attend Gonzaga to play for coach Mark Few in Spokane, just across the state of Washington from Seattle, where the Huskies reside. There were plenty of transfers who were impact transfers that top schools have been pushing to sign, but Williams-Goss was arguably the best point guard available. He will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he will be eligible for two more seasons starting in the 2016-17 season.
After next season, Gonzaga will lose Kyle Wiltjer and Przemek Karnowski to graduation while Domantas Sabonis could declare for the NBA draft. Williams-Goss will step in and help Gonzaga continue nationally relevant. Coach Mark Few will potentially again play with two point guards at the same time in Williams-Goss and Josh Perkins, but Few has proved to be effective in shaping his team that way.
Williams-Goss chose Washington after he played for the famous Findlay Prep, where he was ranked in the Top-50 accoring to Rivals.com. He lived up to his potential at Washington, averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists his freshman year. In his sophomore season, he improved averaging 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.
Gonzaga continues to thrive off bringing in highly-talented transfers, as they most recently did with Kyle Wiltjer who transferred from Kentucky. The fact that Williams-Goss is coming from Washington makes it bitter for Washington fans who loathe Gonzaga, but it gives him better opportunity to win a National Title while improving his draft stock.