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Nigel Williams-Goss named to preseason Wooden Award watchlist

The Gonzaga guard is one of 50 names on the list.

NCAA Basketball: San Diego State at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The hype keeps rolling in for Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who was just named to the 2016-17 Preseason Wooden Award top 50. The poll is conducted by a number of college experts.

Fifty players from 10 different conferences are on display here, and although it seems a long shot for Williams-Goss to win the award this year, getting the preseason chatter is always a nice thing. Gonzaga has never had a player win the Wooden Award.

Through two games, Williams-Goss is averaging 12 points, eight rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals per game. Granted, he is only shooting 32 percent from the floor in the process, but two games is as small of a sample size as you can get. In his sophomore year at University of Washington, Williams-Goss averaged 15.6 points and 5.9 assists per game.

Here is the top 50 preseason list:

  • Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure
  • Edrice Adebayo, Kentucky
  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Jarrett Allen, Texas
  • Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
  • Lonzo Ball, UCLA
  • V.J. Veachem, Notre Dame
  • Joel Berry II, North Carolina
  • James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
  • Antonio Blakeney, LSU
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
  • Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
  • Chris Boucher, Oregon
  • Miles Bridge, Michigan State
  • Dillon Brooks, Oregon
  • Thomas Bryant, Indiana
  • Tyler Dorsey, Oregon
  • Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
  • De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
  • Markelle Fultz, Washington
  • Jack Gibbs, Davidson
  • Henry Giles, DUke
  • Devonte’ Graham, Kansas
  • Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
  • Josh Hart, Villanova
  • Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
  • Malcolm Hill, Illinois
  • Josh Jackson, Kansas
  • Justin Jackson, North Carolina
  • Kris Jenkins, Villanova
  • Peter Jok, Iowa
  • Moses Kingsley, Arkansas
  • Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin
  • Dedric Lawson, Memphis
  • Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
  • Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
  • Frank Mason III, Kansas
  • Malik Monk, Kentucky
  • Monte Morris, Iowa State
  • Austin Nichols, Virginia
  • London Perrantes, Virginia
  • Alec Peters, Valparaiso
  • Ivan Rabb, California
  • Dennis Smith Jr., NC State
  • Edmond Summer, Xavier
  • Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
  • Jayson Tatum, Duke
  • Melo Trimble, Maryland
  • Maurice Watson Jr., Creighton
  • Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga