Nigel Williams-Goss was named the 2017 WCC Player of the Year on Tuesday, Feb. 28. It was one of two awards for the Gonzaga guard, who also received the WCC Newcomer of the Year Award.
Williams-Goss beat out some stiff competition, specifically from Eric Mika, to secure the award, but it is hard to argue with the results. NWG averaged 16.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game as he helped lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs to a No. 1 ranking and a 29-1 regular season record.
He has shown an immense propensity for scoring this season, having scored in double digits in nine-consecutive games, and scoring 30 or more points three times in conference play.
Williams-Goss is the third player from Gonzaga in five years to win the award, joining Kelly Olynyk in 2013 and Kevin Pangos in 2015.
Around the rest of the horn, Saint Mary’s Joe Rahon was named Defensive Player of the Year, and in the least surprising award, Mark Few was named the WCC Coach of the Year.
Williams-Goss was also named to the WCC All-First Team, joining Johnathan Williams and Przemek Karnowski on the 10-man squad. The All-First team was dominated by the top of the WCC, with only Jared Brownridge and Lamond Murray Jr. the players not from Saint Mary’s, BYU, or Gonzaga.
Here is the WCC All-First Team:
- Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara
- T.J. Haws, BYU
- Calvin Hermanson, Saint Mary’s
- Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga
- Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
- Eric Mika, BYU
- Lamond Murray Jr., Pepperdine
- Joe Rahon, Saint Mary’s
- Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga
- Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga