The award is given annually to the nation’s top point guard. Williams-Goss is one of just four freshman on the 50-person list.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – University of Washington freshman Nigel Williams-Goss has been named to the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Watch List, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. Out of the 50 candidates, Williams-Goss is one of just four freshman, and one of seven Pac-12 players nominated.
Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep [Nev.]) was a 2013 McDonald’s All-American, a Parade All-American, a MaxPreps first team All-American and was ranked 19th overall in ESPN’s top 100 before joining the Huskies. He is the fifth Husky signee to play in the McDonald’s game, where he won the 3-point shooting contest.
As the first-ever four-year player for national powerhouse Findlay Prep, Williams-Goss helped his team to national championships as both a junior and freshman while leading the team to a 124-8 record during his four years there. He also averaged 7.9 points, a team-best 2.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds as a member of the U.S.A’s U-19 team that won the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in July.
He is joined by Florida’s Kasey Hill, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison, and Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis as the only freshman on this year’s watch list. Other Pac-12 candidates include T.J. McConnell (Arizona), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Justin Cobbs (California), Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Spencer Dinwiddie (Coloardo), and Dominic Artis (Oregon).The watch list candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee, made up of top college basketball including media members, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers will review the candidates in contention for the award. The winner will be announced on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.