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Nigel Williams-Goss: 'I didn't think if I left, I would be able to make an impact'

Nigel Williams-Goss won't lie to you. His lifelong goal is to play in the NBA, and if this offseason was any indication, he'd probably like to do it sooner rather than later.

After averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Huskies as a freshman, Williams-Goss entertained the possibility of entering the NBA draft during the spring, but ultimately decided to return to Washington for his sophomore year.

On Thursday, he explained his thought process.

"The process kind of got started just from people coming to me, asking me what I was going to do," he said. "I think a lot of people after the season kind of looked at all of our stats, everyone across the country, guards in particular, and I think my numbers kind of stuck out, so that was kind of brought to me, and once that got brought to me is when I really started thinking about, 'OK, this is a decision that I have to look into.'

"But for me, it was just something ... I felt like I could use another year in college, at least, and just continue to develop my skill set. So my main goal is whenever I do get a chance to reach that point, I want to be ready to make an impact. That was my biggest thing. I didn’t think if I left, I would be able to make an impact.”

That decision, he said, was based on his own evaluation of his game.

"A lot of it, so much is put on potential nowadays, and what you can do in the future," he said. "But like I said, if and when that ever happens, I want to be able to make an impact right away.”

Could that be at the end of the 2014-15 season, if he plays as well as he hopes to?

"Definitely. It’s been my goal since I was young, and I think it’s been all of our goals since we were young," he said. "Whenever the opportunity presents itself where I feel 100 percent comfortable with it, then that’ll definitely be a decision that I make."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard from Happy Valley, Ore., attended the CP3 Elite Guard skills camp hosted by Clippers point guard Chris Paul, and said he benefited from those workouts. He also spent eight weeks with his teammates in Seattle during the summer as part of UW's offseason conditioning program.

"Physically, I’ve filled out more," he said. "I watched a ton of film last year, and really took advantage of the off-time as far as improving my overall game. I tried to improve on everything over the offseason.”

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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