Gonzaga will have a difficult time getting to another NCAA Championship game in 2017-18. The Bulldogs, guided mostly by talents of transfer student Nigel Williams-Goss, received some bitter/sweet news today.
Williams-Goss will be taking the skills and abilities instilled in him at Gonzaga, and attempt to make a living with them at the professional level. In a lengthy but heartfelt message posted to his personal Instagram page, Williams-Goss announced his intention to sign an agent and enter the NBA draft.
“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,” Williams-Goss wrote.
“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.”
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
Gonzaga’s star guard played a whopping average of 33 minutes per game last season. He managed impressive totals of 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, and posted career highs in field goal percentage, three-point shooting and free-throw percentage.
Williams-Goss’ decision might be due to the fact that his stock can’t conceivably grow any higher. The risk of injury in the coming season outweighs any conceivable benefit from returning for his final season at Gonzaga.
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