Nigel Williams-Goss, two others granted release from Washington
Washington Huskies basketball star Nigel Williams-Goss and two teammates have been granted release from the program, according to a Seattle Times report. Seven-foot junior Gilles Dierickx and sophomore guard Darrin Johnson were also granted release, ESPN.com reported.
Goss, a Findlay Prep (Nev.) recruit who was ranked the 19th-best overall prospect in the 2013 recruiting class by ESPN, averaged 15.6 points per game and 5.3 steals during his sophomore season this year with the Huskies.
He said he was "uncomfortable" with changes surrounding the program, according to the report.
UNLV, Texas, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Georgetown, Arkansas and Providence are among the schools that have reached out to Goss. He plans to visit Texas, according to ESPN.com.
Washington won its first 11 games and the season and earned a Top 25 AP ranking before losing 15 of its last 20 games, going five of 13 in Pac-12 play.
“The losing was obviously very tough. I don’t think anyone enjoys losing by any means. But it also wasn’t the sole factor of why I’m leaving," Goss told the Times.
"It’s not like I felt like we didn’t win as much as I wanted to, then I had to just leave. It was tough. It played a part, but there’s just so many other changes in the program right now that I think played a much larger role in this decision."
"Me and coach have a really good relationship," Goss said, dispelled rumors of discord between him and head coach Lorenzo Romar.
"At the end of the day, he understood and I felt strongly about my decision as well.”
Washington has not made the NCAA tournament in its last four seasons.
- Will Green