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UW Huskies basketball 2012 recruiting roundup

Two Commits in 2013

The 2012-13 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the Washington Huskies are ready to introduce two new faces to the fans in Seattle.

Despite losing standout performers Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. to the NBA draft, the Huskies will look to build upon their success from last season with the talent and athleticism that is all over their roster.

Nigel Williams-Goss

Basics: Point Guard. 6’4”.180 lbs. Plays for Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada), originally from Happy Valley, Oregon. AAU: Cali Supreme.

Rankings: Consensus four-star recruit by the three major scouting services (ESPN, Scout.com, Rivals). No. nine point guard in his class and No. 57 player overall (ESPN).

Game: This is mostly compiled from various scouting websites, because YouTube highlights don’t really let you evaluate a player’s game well.

Nigel Williams-Goss has great size for a point guard and excels at running a team with his high basketball IQ. Goss is versatile offensively, as he can shoot, score inside and post up a smaller defender. He also has a nifty little floater move in the lane. He passes well and has good court vision. Defensively, he is tenacious, has quick hands, uses his size and slides his feet well to stay in front of his man.

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Nigel Williams-Goss headlines the Huskies’ recruiting class this season. Photo Credit: OregonLive

On the downside, the biggest knock on Williams-Goss is that he isn’t an elite athlete. He is a pure point guard, but no Tony Wroten. It will be interesting to see how the Huskies use him in such an athleticism-driven offense.

His lack of elite athletic ability hinders his capability to guard the quicker guards he will see more at the next level. Offensively, his shot is inconsistent at times, especially behind the arc. He can drive and finish well, but lacks truly top-notch speed.

Quicker, more athletic defenders in college will deny him entrance to the paint and force him to make shots.

Off the Court: Williams-Goss had a 4.0 in high school and picked Washington over Harvard. A pretty smart kid. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders, and is a natural leader.

He also said he will work towards helping UW land other elite prospects, like Aaron Gordon, Issac Hamilton, and Marcus Lee.

Next Season: Abdul Gaddy will be gone after this season, leaving Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews the two point guards. Andrews and Williams-Goss are a different style of player, so expect them to split time at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. A redshirt would be unlikely.

Darin Johnson

Basics: Shooting Guard. 6’4”. 190 lbs. Plays for Sheldon High School (Sacramento, CA). AAU: Play Hard Play Smart.

Rankings: ESPN and Rivals clock him in as a three-star prospect, with ESPN ranking him the 10th-best player in California and 26th-best shooting guard in the country. Scout.com has a higher opinion, categorizing him as a four-star prospect and the 18th-best shooting guard in the nation.

Game: Flipping through scouting reports and perusing highlights, the one thing that stands out about Darin Johnson is his athleticism.

Lorenzo Romar

Husky fans should be excited at the talent Romar is bringing in.

Offensively, Johnson is an elite slasher that can get the hoop, finish, or throw down with swagger. His jump shot is there at times, but offensively, his explosiveness and strength are his main weapons.

His athleticism should have him right at home in Lorenzo Romar’s offense.

Johnson’s athletic ability and size should make him a capable defender.

Johnson can get to the hoop, but needs to work on his jump shot. It’s majorly inconsistent and his three-point shooting is sporadic. Other than than those negatives, Husky fans should be excited for an athlete like this.

You can practice shooting, but you can’t teach freakish athleticism.

Off the Court: Johnson had offers from Texas A&M, Oregon, and San Diego State, but chose Washington because of what he spoke of as his eventual NBA aspirations, and the belief Washington and Romar could get him there.

He, like Williams-Goss, has expressed interest in helping recruit other players to Washington.

Next Season: Johnson heads into a crowded backcourt, with C.J. Wilcox, Hikeem Stewart, Scott Suggs, Quinn Sterling, and new guy Dion Overstreet all looking for minutes next year.

Johnson may redshirt a year because of the log jam at shooting guard, but my guess is his talent and athleticism will see him rise to the top and be a big contributor during his time at Washington

Both Johnson and Williams-Goss could wind up being big time players for the Dawgs sooner or later. Husky fans should be excited at the talent Romar is bringing in.

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