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FuManShoes
02-01-2017, 07:03 AM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2690333-updated-player-of-the-year-rankings-for-college-basketball-in-2016-17?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=college-basketball


No. 5
Previous rank: 7

The numbers for Nigel Williams-Goss are not going to knock your socks off (14.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.9 APG and 1.6 SPG), but the point guard deserves a lot of credit for Gonzaga's team success.

Williams-Goss is capable of putting up better numbers if he wanted—he did so two years ago at Washington—but the reason the Zags have such an effective offense is their balance. They have seven players averaging eight points or more.

Williams-Goss realizes that spreading the wealth is a good thing. The Zags are the second-most efficient team on post-ups in America, per Synergy, so Williams-Goss makes sure his bigs get plenty of touches. He wisely picks his moments to attack.

His placement is also sort of a team award. When a team gets this deep into the season undefeated, its best player is deserving of getting a vote for first-team All-American.

GoZags
02-01-2017, 07:08 AM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2690333-updated-player-of-the-year-rankings-for-college-basketball-in-2016-17?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=college-basketball

2017 kenpom.com Player of the Year Standings
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Data through games of Tuesday, January 31
Player kPOY Rating
1
Josh Hart, Villanova
6-5 · 215 · Sr · Silver Spring, MD 1.706

2
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
6-10 · 232 · So · Milan, IL 1.558

3
Jock Landale, Saint Mary's
6-11 · 255 · Jr · East Malvern, Australia 1.558

4
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
6-9 · 250 · So · Fort Wayne, IN 1.514

5
Johnathan Motley, Baylor
6-10 · 230 · Jr · Houston, TX 1.487

6
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga
6-3 · 195 · Jr · Happy Valley, OR 1.290

7
Frank Mason, Kansas
5-11 · 190 · Sr · Petersburg, VA 1.261

8
Josh Jackson, Kansas
6-8 · 207 · Fr · Detroit, MI 1.237

9
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
6-3 · 195 · So · Greenwich, CT 1.203

10
Malik Monk, Kentucky
6-3 · 200 · Fr · Lepanto, AR 1.177

CDC84
02-01-2017, 07:38 AM
Where Nigel also deserves a lot of credit is with his improvement defensively. He has gotten better and better as the year has gone along with containing the bounce and such.

Hoopaholic
02-01-2017, 07:47 AM
Where Nigel also deserves a lot of credit is with his improvement defensively. He has gotten better and better as the year has gone along with containing the bounce and such.

without a doubt...his anticipation and abilty to play up the line has improved tremendously since his time with UW....part of that is the k,nowledge you backside is covered by bigs if a mistake or breakdown occurs

but it has become a key component of our success and I love it

seacatfan
02-01-2017, 09:38 AM
So the quoted article in the OP claims he put up better numbers 2 years ago at UW. Where in the world is the author getting that from? His numbers were nearly identical to what he's doing now. Soph year at UW: 15.6 pts. 4.7 reb. 5.9 assists. It must be easy being a journalist, just make stuff up and don't fact check at all.