Nigel Williams-Goss will not be back at Gonzaga next year.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs lost just one game in the regular season before entering the NCAA Tournament. Just a few games later, and the Bulldogs were matched up against the North Carolina Tar Heels for a national title.
Gonzaga made its first Final Four in school history, but lost in the title game to Roy Williams’ Tar Heels. Despite the loss, it was a wildly successful season for the Bulldogs — in large part due to the play of Nigel Williams-Goss.
After the incredible 2016-2017 season, Williams-Goss announced his plans t0 enter the NBA Draft.
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
The star guard transferred to Gonzaga after two years are Washington. After sitting out a year, Williams-Goss starred for the Bulldogs in 2016-2017 en route to West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors.
Williams-Goss averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in just under 33 minutes player per game. He also had career highs in field goal percentage, three point shooting percentage, and free throw percentage. He was more efficient during his final year with the Bulldogs than he was in two years at Washington.
His stock won’t get much higher than this past season where he lifted his team to the national title game.