LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Head coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies points in the first half while taking on the Oregon Ducks in the semifinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Profiling Huskies commit Nigel Williams-Goss and point guard recruit Jahmel Taylor.
Continuing my series on the Huskies' basketball class of 2013 recruiting targets, I will now be profiling players position by position after covering the big three. This week's position is point guard, with the Huskies already having locked up one.
The Huskies' first commitment from the class of 2013, Nigel Williams-Goss, is exciting for several reasons. First, Williams-Goss looks like a four-year player at Washington. He is different from the typical Washington guard because he is not overly quick or athletic. Instead, Williams-Goss stands at 6'4" giving him a size advantage on both ends of the court against opposing teams' point guards — similar to Abdul Gaddy.
He's also smart, both on and off court. A 4.0 GPA student who chose the Huskies over Harvard? I do not want to make assumptions about his maturity level based on his GPA, but 4.0 students usually turn out to have some leadership qualities. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of his commitment is his pledge to do his best in helping Romar and his staff recruit Aaron Gordon, Issac Hamilton and his AAU teammate Marcus Lee.
Height / Weight: 6'4" / 180lbs
School: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada)
AAU Team: Cali Supreme
Position: Point Guard
- No. 10 point guard in the class of 2013, No. 57 player overall, 87/100 (ESPN)
- No. 4 point guard in the class of 2013, No. 39 player overall, 4/5 stars (Rivals)
- No. 19 point guard in the class of 2013, No. 97 player overall, 4/5 stars (Scout)
Williams-Goss has great size and skill for the point guard position. He has a high basketball IQ and his decision making is pretty solid. (Via: ESPN)
He's added a nice looking floater to his game, which has helped him when attacking the basket. The more he can improve his three-point shot, the better. (Via: Scout)
Nigel Williams-Goss highlights (via KUTheShiver)
It is unlikely Taylor chooses to come to UW after the commitment of Williams-Goss, but the Huskies might be an attractive choice for Taylor considering their success with scoring point guards in the past. I talked with a high school coach whose team played against Taylor on several occasions and the coach described him as a "raw athlete who plays more like a shooting guard."
Taylor's game sounds similar to the tune of players like Isaiah Thomas and Justin Dentmon — two former Husky point guards who had a scoring bug in their games. Best guess tells me USC is Taylor's favorite based on the proximity of the campus to Taylor's current Southern California high school, Sierra Canyon.
Height / Weight: 6'0" / 160lbs
School: Sierra Canyon HS (Chatsworth, CA)
AAU Team: Pump 'N Run
Position: Point Guard
- No. 41 point guard in the class of 2013, 76/100 (ESPN)
- No. 12 point guard in the class of 2013, No. 103 player overall, 3/5 stars (Rivals)
- No. 23 point guard in the class of 2013, 3/5 stars (Scout)
ESPN: Taylor is an undersized combo-guard, but he has great speed and quickness and he's extremely strong. In addition, he can knock down shots from anywhere on the court. (Via: ESPN)
Offers: Colorado, Oregon, San Francisco, Southern Methodist, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington St.