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 CSNNW.com. “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.
Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.
“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”
McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.
“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.
Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.
And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.
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The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.
They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.
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Here is the rest of the AP Poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas