By Mason Kelley
For Nigel Williams-Goss, last weekend provided an opportunity to attend “the best camp I have ever been to as far as skill development.”
Washington’s point guard was in Winston-Salem, N.C. to attend the CP3 Elite Guard Camp. It was a chance for the sophomore to compete against some of the nation’s top guards, and learn from Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
“We really focused on a lot of skill work,” Williams-Goss said. “It was just a lot of fun competing against the nation’s top guards.
“It was definitely a blessing and honor to be invited to such a prestigious camp. For me, after you get the invitation it’s cool, but then my mind switched to the idea that I wanted to play to the best of my ability.”
Williams-Goss has attended camps hosted by NBA all stars in the past, but he was impressed by the time Paul spent helping those in attendance.
“He worked out with us the entire camp, which is different than a lot of other camps,” he said. “That was pretty special.”
The players attending the event were able to go bowling with Paul, which allowed Williams-Goss to “chat it up” with the veteran point guard.
“I wouldn’t say it was one thing,” Williams-Goss said, when asked if there was something he learned from Paul that stood out. “I actually learned a whole bunch, especially about pick-and-roll reads. He just really enhanced my knowledge about the pick-and-roll.”
With each player at the camp bringing a different skill set, Williams-Goss tried to soak up as much as he could, whether he was on the court or the sideline.
“They all brought something different and, as a player, I like to learn something different from players I go against or watch,” he said. “That’s the special thing about those types of camps, you get to learn from, not just the instructors, but your peers.”