Washington Huskies Basketball: Nigel Williams-Goss At The McDonald’s All-American Game


July 13, 2012;Alexandria, VA USA;USA West guard Nigel Williams-Goss (right) dribbles up court against USA Midwest guard JaJuan Johnson (left) during the Nike Global Challenge at Episcopal High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

While UW may have lost out on one McDonald’s All-American, the Huskies still have one committed: Nigel Williams-Goss. After compiling an award-laden senior season at Findley Prep (Nev.), he topped it off with the McDonald’s All-American honor.

He joined 23 of the other top high school recruits in Chicago for the game and showed why he was invited.

He began the week as a competitor in the 3-point shooting contest, beating Desoto (Texas) product and Duke signee Matt Jones for the title.

A day after winning the 3-point crown, Williams-Goss helped lead the West to a 110-99 victory over the East.

An alley-oop pass that was monstrously thrown down by Aaron Gordon capped off his 10-point, six-assist performance. Gordon showed his flashy dunking skills throughout the game, eventually being named MVP for his 24 points and eight rebounds.

Gordon made more shots than anyone but Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker attempted, stealing the show. Williams-Goss was none too shabby, though. His 10 points came on 4-of-6 shooting in just 15 minutes.

Not only did he compete with the top players in the country, he had arguably the second or third most efficient game of them all. Add in that he won the 3-point contest and there is reason to believe NWG was one of the most impressive players in Chicago.

Many fans are still disappointed Gordon’s Excel spreadsheet didn’t point him toward Washington, the Huskies are still getting one of the best players in the nation in Williams-Goss.

Not only did he show he is as talented of a guard as there is, he has always been known for his leadership qualities. Before he was a 5-star, McDonald’s All-American, before people raved about his passing and shooting, everyone said his best quality was his leadership and maturity.

One of the few players to play all four years at Findley Prep, Williams-Goss picked up traits from all the talented high school seniors that went through there. Thanks to that, he has become one of the most well-rounded players in the country and the Huskies can’t wait to have him.