NBA Draft Profile: Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2017 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed four picks: 1, 37, 53, and 56. The draft will be held June 22 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Name: Nigel Williams-Goss
Position: Point Guard
Hometown: Happy Valley, Oregon
Weight: 182 pounds
Key 2016-17 stats: 16.8 points, 6 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
Scouting Report: Williams-Goss led his team to the national title game in 2017. During the 2016-17 season he shot 48.6 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three-point range. After sitting out one year due to transfer rules, he led his team in points per game, assists, steals and was ranked second in rebounding.
In the title game loss to North Carolina, he shot 5-for-17 from the field, scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists in 39 minutes. He was named a second team All-American and the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.
As a point guard, he had a sizeable advantage at the college level. Williams-Goss was able to back down guards into the paint and score over them. On the defensive end, the size was also an advantage. When players tried to back him down, his size forced opponents to take contested and forced shots. For his size and build, at the college level Williams-Goss was a tough matchup. He is a strong point guard that was able to get to the basket at will with contact and over long defenders.
His lack of athleticism is his greatest weakness, but he makes up for hit with his court vision and high basketball IQ. Playing alongside Zach Collins surely made running point easier knowing that he was on the receiving end of his passes. Due to his lack of athleticism, he is a one-speed offensive player that struggles to create space off the dribble. He is either taking the spot-up shot or getting all the way to the rim.
“I play at my pace. I use my basketball IQ. I’m constantly surveying the game, reading the game and letting that dictate my pace” Williams-Goss told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I play at a slower pace, but I think that’s proven to be effective and it’s why I was so efficient last year.”
The Celtics could see Williams-Goss as an option around the No. 53 pick come Thursday. He is a player that would need to take some time to develop and get a feel for the game through summer league and D-league competition, but nonetheless he is a reliable player and an experienced leader.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog