Washington Huskies Basketball: Williams-Goss Makes USA U19 Team


April 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonald’s All American west guard Nigel Williams-Goss (0) brings the ball upcourt during the McDonalds All American Games at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team was announced late Monday afternoon after making multiple cuts earlier in the month. Washington Huskies’ recruit Nigel Williams-Goss made the final cut and will join nine other young, elite players in competing for the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

Fellow UW target, Aaron Gordon, made the team as well. Joining the two will be Michael Frazier (Florida), Jerami Grant (Syracuse), Montrezl Harrell (Louisville), Jahlil Okafor (Undeclared), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana Lafayette), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee), Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke), Mike Tobey (Virginia) and Justise Winslow (Undeclared).

The 12 will be coached by two-time National Champion Billy Donovan. Joining Donovan’s staff will be VCU head coach Shaka Smart and former Washington State and current Virginia head coach, Tony Bennett.

Williams-Goss’ future head coach, Lorenzo Romar, was part of the committee that made the U19 team cuts. He has been involved in USA Basketball operations since helping coach the 2006 U18 National Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championships.

The U19 team is scheduled to practice in Colorado Springs, Colo. until they leave for Washington, D.C. on June 20, where they will practice for three days before departing for Prague on June 22. Their first game will be June 27 versus the Ivory Coast. The gold medal game will take place on July 7.