Huskies sophomore Nigel Williams-Goss has been named to the 16-player list of finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard.
Here's the release from UW:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – University of Washington sophomore point guard Nigel Williams-Goss has been named a finalist for the 2015 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award presented by the College of the Holy Cross, the Naismith Memorial Basketball hall of Fame announced on Friday. Williams-Goss, who was not on the initial watch list of 35, was added to the final list of 16 by the national committee for the award that is in its 12th year recognizing the top point guard in men’s college basketball.
Williams-Goss is one of four point guards from the Pac-12 that made the final cut of 16 as he is joined by T.J. McConnell of Arizona, Tyrone Wallace of California and Delon Wright of Utah. The Pac-12’s four finalists lead all conferences as the ACC has three and the Big 12 and Big Ten each have two.
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The sophomore guard has started in all 25 games for UW this season and is leading the team in scoring at 15.2 and assists (6.0). He is currently ranked 14th nationally in assists per game and is one of two players in the country that are averaging 15 points, 4.7 rebounds and six assists per outing. The only other player putting up such numbers is another Cousy finalist in Kris Dunn of Providence.
Williams-Goss has accounted for 40.5 percent of UW’s scoring this season whether it be from his own baskets or assists his teammates. He’s assisted on 40 percent or more of the team’s points in 15 of 25 games and has accounted for over 50 percent in five outings.
Williams-Goss has reached 20+ points in five outings this year and led the team in scoring 10 times while reaching at least 10 points in 19 of 25 games. He’s dished out six or more assists in 19 games as well, while posting double-digit assists twice. Williams-Goss recently set the UW sophomore single-season record for assists as he currently has 151 on the season, which also ranks seventh on UW’s overall single-season list.
The sophomore is leading the Pac-12 in assists and assists per game while also topping the league in minutes, averaging 36.7 per game. In conference action only, Williams-Goss is playing 38.7 minutes on average and has played all 40 minutes in five of the last six outings. Additionally, he ranks 21st nationally in minutes per game.
Off the court, Williams-Goss boasts a 3.74 cumulative GPA, which earned him Capitol One Academic All-District 8 honors and has him nominated for an Academic All-American selection. The double major in psychology and communications is one of two Cousy finalists to have been named to one of the Capitol One Academic All-District teams (Marcus Paige, North Carolina).
The current list of 16 finalists will be narrowed down to five players by early March. The final five players in contention for the award will then be presented to the Hall of Fame’s selection committee comprised of top college basketball personnel. The winner will be presented at ESPN’s new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2015. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8:00pm EST.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A & M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).
For more information on the 2015 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of the Holy Cross, log onto www.CousyAward.com.
2015 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of the Holy Cross Candidates
T.J. McConnell, University of Arizona (Pac-12)
Tyrone Wallace, University of California, Berkeley (Pac-12)
Ryan Boatright, University of Connecticut (American)
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga University (WCC)
Keifer Sykes, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (Horizon)
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana University (Big Ten)
Monte Morris, Iowa State University (Big 12)
Terry Rozier, University of Louisville (ACC)
Romelo Trimble, University of Maryland (Big Ten)
Marcus Paige, University of North Carolina (ACC)
Kris Dunn, Providence College (Big East)
Delon Wright, University of Utah (Pac-12)
Nigel Williams-Goss, University of Washington (Pac-12)
Juwan Staten, West Virginia University (Big 12)
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State University (MVC)
Tyus Jones, Duke University (ACC)