Findlay Prep guard Nigel Williams-Goss, rated the No. 38 prospect in the nation for the class of 2013 by Rivals.com, announced today on Twitter that he has verbally committed to Washington.
“After many long conversations with my family…I have decided that I will be heading (to) the University of Washington,” Williams-Goss tweeted on his @SOU_TeamGeneral twitter account. “Very proud and excited to join #HuskyNation.”
The quarterback of a Findlay Prep squad that finished 32-1 and won its third National High School Invitational title in four years, the 6-foot-4, 182-pound senior-to-be had previously narrowed his college choices to UNLV, Harvard, Oklahoma, UCLA and the Huskies.
Williams-Goss, a native of Happy Valley, Ore., originally gave UNLV a non-binding verbal commitment in December of 2010 but decided to open his recruiting when former Rebels head coach Lon Kruger departed for Oklahoma a few months later.
Williams-Goss averaged 14.5 points while shooting 62.6 percent from the floor, the third highest field goal percentage in school history, as a junior. He also connected on 80.2 percent of his free throws which ranked second best for a season in Findlay Prep history, not bad considering the school has produced NBA first round picks like Tristan Thompson (Cavs), Cory Joseph (Spurs) and Avery Bradley (Celtics) as well as 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez (Cal).
“Nigel is the first and only four-year player in our program and his development and play shows that,” Findlay Prep coach Mike Peck said. “He embodies everything that our program is about.”
Williams-Goss and San Diego State-bound swingman Winston Shepard were also regarded as Findlay Prep’s top defenders. He scored 17 points, the winning basket in the Pilots’ 86-83 overtime victory over Montverde (Fla.) in the championship game of the NSHI Invitational.
“His work ethic and determination have been instrumental to our success,” Peck said. “We are excited to watch his continued development and growth at the next level. But, first things first, he’s got another national title he has to help us get.”