NCB On The Trail: Nigel Williams-Goss

#AskCoachB: Looking for hidden gems

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I am going with Gary Clark of CP3. On a team with some outstanding players such as Theo Pinson, L.J Peak, Shelton Mitchell and others, it's easy to forget about Clark.

He shot 56 percent and averaged 13.3 ppg (second highest on team) and pulled down a team high 7.7 rebounds over an 18-game span against most of the elite players in the country. There is nowhere to hide in the EYBL. He is a bit undersized at 6-foot-6 for a power forward role but makes up for it with length and skills that create problems for opponents. He is a constant on the glass and on the defensive end.

Clark recently committed to Cincinnati and Mick Cronin. The Bearcats find guys under the radar who have produced and have upside. They might not be a star today but can develop, and Clark fits that.

As far as an impact freshman whom people are still sleeping on I would go with PG Nigel Williams-Goss at Washington. People have heard the name, but it's certainly not a household name yet. Evaluating his game all throughout his high school career, I witnessed someone who constantly improved at his craft, made his team win and performed best when the pressure was on. I spoke with UW coaching staff last week and in just a few months he is already leading his team, which is not surprising. Williams-Goss gives the team what it needs and does what the coach wants. That's the sign of a winner.

Juco SF Mike Anderson picks UW

March, 26, 2013
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Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar landed a verbal pledge on Monday from small forward Mike Anderson (Hartford, Conn./Moberly Area Community College). The news was first reported by www.jucorecruiting.com.

The 6-foot-5 Anderson chose the Huskies over South Florida, San Francisco and Central Michigan. He averaged 16.9 pints and 9.8 rebounds this past season at Moberly.

Anderson joins ESPN 100 PG Nigel Williams-Goss (Happy Valley, Ore./Findlay College Prep), SG Darin Johnson (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) and PG Jahmel Taylor (Los Angeles/Pacific Hills School) in the Huskies' 2013 class.

Several ESPN 100 recruits to play in NHSI

March, 12, 2013
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The field is set for the fifth annual National High School Invitational, and it promises to be the most talented group in the event’s history.

All eight teams in the NHSI field are ranked in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings, and six are in the top 10. The tournament will be held April 4-6 in Bethesda, Md., and televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Seedings and matchups will be announced at a later date.

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Josh Holmberg/Icon SMIWashington recruit Nigel Williams-Goss and Findlay Prep look to defend their NHSI title.
This year’s NHSI is headlined by the No. 1 team in the nation, Findlay Prep (Nev.). The undefeated Pilots are the reigning NHSI champs and boast a loaded roster that features a quartet of ESPN 100 stars in Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington, No. 20), Allerik Freeman (UCLA, No. 65), Christian Wood (UNLV, No. 74) and Stanford Robinson (Indiana, No. 98).

“It’s going to be difficult [to repeat],” said Findlay head coach Todd Simon. "This appears to be the strongest field yet for the NHSI. The fact that we are 34-0 and have won NHSI three times it makes us a gigantic target. But it’s a nice little challenge.”

Top-15 recruits Kasey Hill (Florida, No. 9) and Dakari Johnson (Kentucky, No. 11) lead No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.). The Eagles are still smarting after consecutive losses to Findlay, first in last year’s NHSI title game and again in January on a Williams-Goss buzzer-beater that ended Montverde’s reign at No. 1.

Also in the mix for the coveted NHSI crown are: No. 4 Prime Prep (Texas), led by No. 53 senior Jordan Mickey (LSU) and No. 3 junior Emmanuel Mudiay (undecided); No. 5 St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) and ESPN 100 point guard Tyler Ennis (Syracuse); No. 8 La Lumiere (Ind.) with talented wing Detrick Mostella (Oklahoma State) leading the way; No. 9 Blanche Ely (Fla.), the Florida Class 7A state champ; and perennial top-25 squads No. 19 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and No. 25 Montrose Christian (Md.).

“To win this event we’d be 37-0, and with the schedule we’ve played it would put us in rare air in high school basketball,” Simon added.


The most important position on the basketball court when it comes to winning games is point guard. They come in all shapes and sizes with different talents, but the one common denominator is that a good point guard is a must in recruiting.

Here is a look at five of the nation’s top point guards in the Class of 2013, what each does better than anyone in the country and what they’ll bring to their college teams next season.

PG Jahmel Taylor commits to UW 

January, 22, 2013
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According to multiple sources, Washington landed a verbal commitment from senior point guard Jahmel Taylor (Los Angeles/Pacific Hills) on Monday night.

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For Darin Johnson it was the right time to make a decision.

After taking some time to think about which school best fit his future, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) announced Sunday he will play college basketball at Washington.

“They’ve got a good thing going with that staff,” Johnson said. “I’m trying to get to the next level. I feel like they’ve got the perfect plan for me."

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Darin Johnson announced Sunday he will play college basketball at Washington.

"Just committed to the University of Washington!!" the senior said on his Twitter page, giving a verbal commitment to the Huskies.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) picked Washington over Oregon and San Diego State. He recently visited Washington with Huskies point guard commit Nigel Williams-Goss (Henderson, Nev./Findlay Prep) and forward Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), who is rated the No. 6 player in the ESPN 100.

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SG Darin Johnson headed to Washington 

October, 14, 2012
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Three star shooting guard Darin Johnson (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) chose the Washington Huskies on Sunday, multiple sources are reporting.

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When Darin Johnson looks at Washington’s basketball team, he sees a program that produces pros.

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Steven Bisig/US PRESSWIREThe ability for Washington to turn out pros like Tony Wroten Jr. is a big part of the program's appeal to Darin Johnson.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) sees Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. preparing for their rookie seasons. He sees second-year guard Isaiah Thomas playing well for the Sacramento Kings. Johnson sees the success of those players and looks at the Huskies’ coaching staff as a group that does a good job developing guards.

“They have produced a lot of pros,” Johnson said. “They develop guards that come into their program. That’s big, not only getting to the next level, but to also develop them, so when they get to the next level they actually do something.”

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Aaron GordonScott Kurtz for ESPN.comAaron Gordon, the No. 6 player in the ESPN 100, visited Washington last weekend.

From a high school standpoint, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty coach Tim Kennedy considers Aaron Gordon “as good as it gets.”

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward has the ability to take over a high school game, whether it is on the perimeter or in the post.

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Stanford Robinson headed to Findlay Prep 

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ESPN 100 shooting guard Stanford Robinson (Fairfax, Va.) announced on Wednesday he will be attending national prep power Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.) for his senior season.

The 6-foot-4 Indiana commit helped Paul VI to a 35-3 record last season and its first WCAC title.

"Paul VI is a great school. It's just I felt like I needed to play in a great situation," Robinson told the Washington Post. "That's what Findlay Prep is, it's just a higher notch, one notch up. Taking my game to another level. I feel like it could prepare me more than Paul VI could give me."

Robinson will join fellow ESPN 100 prospects Nigel Williams-Goss (Happy Valley, Ore.), Allerik Freeman (Charlotte, N.C.) and Christian Wood (Palmdale, Calif.) for the Pilots next season.

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With one tweet, ESPN 100 point guard Nigel Williams-Goss (Henderson, Nev./Findlay Prep) set one college basketball program on its ear Wednesday afternoon.

“... I will be heading the University of Washington!!! Very proud and excited to join #HuskyNation,” Williams-Goss said via his Twitter account.

Williams-Goss, considered the nation’s 10th-best point guard, verbally committed to play for head coach Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies, becoming the first commitment of the program’s 2013 recruiting class. A 6-foot-3, 180-pound floor general, Williams-Goss chose Washington over offers from Oklahoma, UNLV, UCLA and Harvard.

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According to multiple sources, newly minted ESPN 100 point guard Nigel Williams-Goss (Happy Valley, Ore./Findlay College Prep) will announce his decision on Wednesday.

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