Nigel Williams-Goss (PG, Gonzaga)

 

Measurables: 6’3”, 6’7” wingspan, 190 lbs, 22.7 years old

Strengths

  • Extremely smart offensive player – on or off of the ball
  • Very crafty inside of 15 feet – makes up for lack of athleticism
  • Improved 3 point shot – 37%
  • Gets to line and converts – 5.8 FTA/40, 87% FT
  • Not afraid to pass up a good shot for a better shot
  • Plays hard and smart on both ends
  • Value stats love his defense – led NCAA in DWS
  • Awesome lateral quickness – killed combine tests
  • Nice in-between/floater game – 44% on 2 point outside rim

Weaknesses

  • Will need to improve handle at NBA level
  • Likely an off-ball guard at just 6’3” – hard fit
  • Stats (particularly offensively) weren’t quite as inflated vs WCC competition you’d like to see
  • Doesn’t project to be particularly effective running PnR
  • No clear NBA skill on offense outside of floater game
  • Will have to consistently shoot 40% from 3 to be successful
  • Lacks explosiveness in traffic – hurts finishing ability
  • Isn’t big enough to play much 2 guard
  • Already almost 23

Overall

  • If he can improve his 3 point shot, Williams-Goss can carve out a niche as a sort of Patrick Beverley-lite. He’s a good defender who is quick, long, and smart enough to see that translate to the NBA. However, his offensive role is unclear if his jumper doesn’t work out. His size limitations likely make him a one-position defender, and as an off-ball guard who can only guard PGs he’s a tough fit. Given his age, he’s probably going undrafted unless his jumper looks incredible in workouts.

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