A pretty surprising report has surfaced tonight from Comcast Sportsnet, which writes that Washington point guard Nigel Williams-Goss is considering entering the NBA draft after just one season at UW.
The report cited an anonymous source, and according to Dave Mahler of KJR 950 AM, Williams-Goss wrote in a text message that he is indeed considering leaving school early.
This is the first word of any kind to indicate that the 6-foot-3 guard is thinking about the NBA draft. He had a solid freshman season, starting every game at point guard while averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds and playing 33.2 minutes per game. He shot 46.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from 3-point range and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line. Williams-Goss was named to the Pac-12's All-Freshmen team, and was likely the runner-up to Aaron Gordon for Freshman of the Year.
By all accounts, it was a fine season for a freshman point guard playing for a so-so team. But this news is a bit of a head-scratcher. Williams-Goss, a native of Happy Valley, Ore. who played high-school ball at Findlay Prep, wasn't considered a one-and-done prospect, and his name doesn't appear on NBA mock drafts (though this website, NBADraftRoom.com, slates Williams-Goss as a late first-rounder in the 2015 draft). As a few folks on Twitter have already pointed out, the consensus among draft analysts is that Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier will be a late-first to early-second-round pick, to give some type of barometer in that regard.
We'll try to track down a little more on this tomorrow morning.