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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nigel Williams-Goss leaving Gonzaga for NBA Draft

Nigel Williams Goss

Nigel Williams-Goss is leaving Gonzaga, and he is not looking back.

The Bulldogs guard announced on social media Tuesday that he will be leaving college and hiring an agent as he prepares for his future as a professional basketball player.

Two years ago I transferred to Gonzaga University with three main goals: earn my college degree, improve my game and help Gonzaga reach its first ever Final Four. I’m proud to say all three of my goals were met. In the classroom, I earned my degree in Psychology and have begun work on my Masters. On the court, my teammates and I made school history winning 37 games, advanced to the Final Four, and played in the National Championship game. Coming to Gonzaga is the best decision I ever made. What I was most surprised by this season was not the wins, awards, or recognition, but rather the genuine love I felt with our fans in Spokane. Since arriving, everywhere I went, I have been surrounded by love from the Gonzaga community. I cannot describe the incredible relationships I have formed in my time here and would not trade my experience for anything in the world. I could not be more grateful or humbled to call myself a Zag for life! After many discussions with my coaches and family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft with representation. I am 100% confident in this decision and believe I am prepared both mentally and physically to take this step in my career and my life. As always, I give all glory to God for granting me this opportunity. I will continue to represent the entire Gonzaga community to the best of my ability. To all my teammates, coaches, fans, supporters, and believers…I love you and thank you! Forever and always… #GoZags

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The key with Goss’ announcement is that he will sign with an agent, which means he is losing his final season of eligibility.

Williams-Goss transferred to Gonzaga after playing his first two seasons at Washington. The transfer couldn’t have worked out better, as Williams-Goss improved his play and became part of the best team in Gonzaga’s history. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the finals of the NCAA Tournament, as he averaged 16.8 points, 6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game last season.

Williams-Goss played well throughout the tourney, which likely helped his stock among interested NBA teams. He is projected by some to be a second-round pick.

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