This off-season has been one to remember, in terms of the number of players transferring to other institutions for the remainder of their collegiate careers. It seems as though the list is constantly growing, creating a bit of concern for the NCAA in the process.
Regardless of the surfacing issues around player transfers in the NCAA, there are plenty of talented players who are on the move in either 2015-16 or 2016-17.
Sunday afternoon saw the transfer market lose one of the key names on the list, and one of the nation’s best and most consistent “mid-major” programs get a little stronger (if you can call them a mid-major team anymore).
Former Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss committed to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, where he will be eligible starting in 2016-17.
On Sunday afternoon, Williams-Goss told the folks over at ESPN that he was committing to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He chose the Bulldogs over Ohio State, UNLV, and Providence.
The sophomore out of Happy Valley, Oregon started every game for the Huskies in 2014-15. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per contest for Washington, which was good enough to land him a spot on the All-Pac 12 Second Team at season’s end.
Due to NCAA transfer regulations, Williams-Goss will have to sit out the entire 2015-16 season.
However, the situation may not be a bad thing for both Gonzaga and Williams-Goss. After the 2015-16 season, Gonzaga will say goodbye to the likes of Kyle Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski and Kyle Dranginis due to graduation, and possibly Domantas Sabonis to the NBA Draft early. With all of this talent potentially leaving the Bulldogs ahead of the 2016-17 season, Williams-Goss will have the opportunity to step in and contribute right away for his new team.
The winning tradition and the way Gonzaga is able to develop their players were big selling points for Williams-Goss when he committed to play for the Bulldogs, so expect him to be one of the nation’s better guards when he suits up in the 2016-17 season for Gonzaga.