Nigel Williams-Goss Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Will Hire Agent

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs moves the ball against Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. North Carolina defeated Gonzaga 71-65. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss announced Tuesday he will enter the 2017 NBA draft on June 22 and hire an agent—meaning he won't be eligible to return to the Bulldogs next season.      

The 22-year-old made his decision official with a post on Instagram: 

According to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes, Williams-Goss will sign with agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman—who represents the likes of J.J. Redick, Spencer Hawes and Kelly Olynyk, among others. 

The reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year, Williams-Goss shone during his lone season with the Bulldogs after he transferred from the Washington Huskies. 

Over 38 games, Williams-Goss averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including 36.8 percent from three. According to Sports Reference, Williams-Goss was one of six players in the country to top 16 points, six boards and four dimes a game during that stretch. 

Now headed to the pros along with former Bulldogs teammate Zach Collins, Williams-Goss will have to convince teams at the next level he can overcome a lack of elite athleticism and make a consistent impact as a scorer, distributor and stout defender. 

At present, Williams-Goss fits the mold of a mid-second-round prospect who could use May's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago to boost his stock and wiggle into the back end of Round 1. 

 

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