Williams-Goss lands on Naismith Watch List

Williams-Goss lands on Naismith Watch List

Gonzaga men’s basketball’s Nigel Williams-Goss was named to the Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Preseason Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club released Thursday.

A total of 50 student-athletes were named to the list. Williams-Goss was the lone mention from the West Coast Conference.

Williams-Goss, a redshirt junior from Happy Valley, Ore., begins his Gonzaga career this season after redshirting last season. In 2014-15, he averaged 15.6 points and 5.9 assists per game for Washington.

Williams-Goss was recently named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List, which is given to the nation’s top point guard. During his sophomore season, he ranked seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring, second in assists per game and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08). He also led the Pac-12 in minutes played, averaging 36.8 per game. He reached double figures in scoring 23 times in 30 games played and led the team in assists 23 times, while posting a season-high 31 points against Cal.

Williams-Goss scored a team-high 20 points in Gonzaga’s exhibition win over West Georgia Saturday. He added eight rebounds and a game-high five assists.

A mid-season list of 30 candidates for the Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year will be released in early February.

Gonzaga opens the regular season at home against Utah Valley Friday at 6 p.m.

Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Preseason Watch List

Edrice (Bam) Adebayo, Kentucky

Grayson Allen, Duke

Jarrett Allen, Texas

Dwayne Bacon, Florida State

Lonzo Ball, UCLA

V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame

Joel Berry II, North Carolina

James Blackmon Jr., Indiana

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

Chris Boucher, Oregon

Miles Bridges, Michigan State

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Thomas Bryant, Indiana

Troy Caupain, Cincinnati

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State

De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Markelle Fultz, Washington

Jack Gibbs, Davidson

Harry Giles, Duke

Devonte’ Graham, Kansas

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

Josh Hart, Villanova

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Malcolm Hill, Illinois

Josh Jackson, Kansas

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Kris Jenkins, Villanova

Peter Jok, Iowa

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

Dedric Lawson, Memphis

Tyler Lydon, Syracuse

Lauri Markkanen, Arizona

Frank Mason III, Kansas

E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Monte Morris, Iowa State

Jonathan Motley, Baylor

Austin Nichols, Virginia

London Perrantes, Virginia

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Ivan Rabb, California

Dennis Smith Jr., NC State

Edmond Sumner, Xavier

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Jayson Tatum, Duke

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga