It has been four seasons since the Washington Huskies have played in the NCAA Tournament, and in light of this most recent news, it will most likely become five this time next year.
Nigel Williams-Goss, who was voted second-team All-Pac-12 and lead the conference in assists, will be transferring from the program according to Clay Dade.
The incoming freshmen group for 2015 is the kind of class that can turn around a program. But without much incumbent talent, it’s unlikely for the turnaround to come in year one.
Andrew Andrews will likely slide to the point guard spot in wake of this move. If you watched the Huskies at all, you know that this is not good news. Andrews is the kind of player who can take over a game, but he also can help a game spin out of control. He is best suited to be at the shooting guard spot with a point guard who can reel him in a little bit if he gets too excited.
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If he does run the point full-time for the Huskies, he will have to tame his aggressive mindset, which is what makes him the good shooting guard that he is.
The only other point guard in the program will be current Rainier Beach senior David Crisp. I have no doubts that Crisp will be a really good player for the Huskies, but I don’t think that will be the case in year one.
I played against Crisp in high school, and he was one of, if not the hardest players to stop I ever had to guard. He uses his body extremely well when driving through the lane, and is physical and strong enough to hold his primary defender on his hip and finish through help defense. He is a pretty consistent outside shooter, but isn’t going to shoot from outside a whole lot.
By 2016, the Dawgs should be in good shape at PG with Crisp in his second season, and JaQuori McLaughlin entering the program. However, this is a massive blow for the Huskies for the 2015-16 season. If this team is going to make the NCAA Tournament, or even come close, Andrews will have to play out of his mind. He would have to completely and totally carry the team offensively as Isaiah Thomas did at the end of the 2010-11 season.
This is a sad day for Huskies Basketball, but I wish the best to Nigel Williams-Goss for the rest of his basketball career.