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Report: Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss returning for sophomore season

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Washington got some encouraging news after a disappointing 17-15 2013-14 season on Monday as freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss opted to return for his sophomore season, according to CSN Northwest’s Chris Haynes.

The 6-foot-3 Williams-Goss was a McDonald’s All-American in 2013 and averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while starting every game for the Huskies during his freshman season. Williams-Goss also knocked down 36 percent of his three balls on the season and upped that mark to 44 percent over the final 14 games of the season. While Williams-Goss had interest from NBA people, the guard will be a Huskie next year.

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“I’m very excited to be coming back,” Williams-Goss said to “I believe in the development of our current team along with the new recruits we got coming in, that we have a great chance to compete for the title in the Pac-12.

“The lure of playing in the NBA was an attractive situation that I had to look into. The information I got back was positive and informative, which made my decision even tougher. But ultimately my family and me felt like forgoing that path for now, and returning to school, was best for my career in this moment in time.”

This is significant news for Lorenzo Romar’s ballclub as Williams-Goss should be one of the best guards in the Pac-12 next season. The freshman already set a Washington single-season record for assists in a season and possesses a tremendous amount of skill with a high basketball IQ.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.