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Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: PG Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga

Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: PG Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga

The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...

Name: Nigel Williams-Goss
School: Gonzaga
Position: Point guard
Age: 22
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
2016/17 stats: 16.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.6 FG%, 36.8 3PT% (1.1 3P/3.1 3PA), 86.7 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 58th, NBADraft.net N/A

5 things to know:

*Williams-Goss was one of the best players on a Gonzaga team that made it all the way to the NCAA Tournament final. He led the Zags in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

*Leading Gonzaga in rebounding was no small feat for Williams-Goss. Despite being a 6-foot-3 point guard, he grabbed more boards than 7-foot-1 big man Przemek Karnowski and 7-foot freshman Zach Collins, who is a projected top 10 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

*He isn't considered an explosive athlete with his 34.5-inch vertical leap, but does have good size for the point guard position. He's 6-foot-3 and has a 6-foot-7 wingspan.

*He began his college career at the University of Washington. He played two years there and averaged 14.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. He transferred to Gonzaga after the 2014-15 season and redshirted during the 2015-16 campaign.

*Williams-Goss was a McDonald's All-American in 2013 and won the three-point contest. 

Fit with Wizards: The Wizards need help behind John Wall and Williams-Goss could be one of the best options available in the late second round. He is a big guard who can do a lot of things. If they want to find an instant-impact backup guard in the draft, this could be the guy. He just doesn't seem to have that high of a ceiling.

RELATED: What type of career can we expect from pick No. 52?

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

The Philadelphia 76ers will have two No. 1 overall picks make their NBA debuts on Wednesday night in Markelle Fultz (2017) and Ben Simmons (2016). They are in for a challenge with the Wizards, one of the best teams in basketball, and with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall and Beal know that challenge well. They were both top draft picks in their own right, Wall the first pick in 2010 and Beal the third pick in 2012. They can recall in specifics their first games in the NBA and how humbling they were.

"My first game, I was going against Dwight Howard. It was fun," Wall said. "There was a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people talking."


It's often said that the point guard position is as deep as it's ever been nowadays. The last three MVP awards have gone to point guards, for instance.

There were some good ones back in 2010, too.

"I remember in a five-game span I played like [Rajon] Rondo, Derrick Rose here and then I went out west and played Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Russell [Westbrook]," Wall said. "I don't think it's gotten any harder than it was back then in 2010 with those five guys. You kind of understand what those guys are about when you get to see it firsthand and play against them."

Beal vividly remembers going up against the LeBron James-led Miami Heat as a 19-year-old. It wasn't easy.

"It was the Heat when they had [Dwyane Wade] and LeBron on the same team. That's when D-Wade was electrifying. He still had his quickness. He was strong as I don't know what and I was a baby at that time," he said.

"For me, it was like I was in awe because those are the guys I grew up watching and I was a fan of. Now I'm playing against them and I can't be a fan of them. It was amazing to play against them, but also an eye-opener like, I need to get better."

Now it's Fultz and Simmons' turn to see what matching up with NBA superstars is like and don't expect Wall or Beal to take it easy on them.

"I'm a competitive person, so I'm not going to back down from any challenge," Wall said.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller previewed the 2017-18 Wizards regular season with over/unders, biggest questions and bold predictions.

NBC Sports Philly Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato also joined the show to preview the first game between the Wizards and Sixers.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!