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Originally published May 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM | Page modified May 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM

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Nigel Williams-Goss commits to UW, could be first of big 2013 class

Washington basketball lands four-star point guard, but some other big recruit still have Huskies on their list.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Nigel Williams-Goss file

Height: 6 feet 3

Weight: 180 pounds

Position: Point guard

Hometown: Happy Valley, Ore.

High school: Findlay Prep (Nevada)

Year: Senior

Stats: 15.0 points, 4.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds

Others schools interested: Harvard, UCLA, Oklahoma and UNLV

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Washington hasn't closed the books on the 2012 recruiting class, however, the Huskies picked up a big commitment for 2013 when consensus four-star prospect Nigel Williams-Goss chose them over Harvard.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard might be the cornerstone in the most touted class in school history.

The Huskies have targeted six 2013 prospects who are on ESPN's top 100 list, including No. 1 overall prospect Jabari Parker, a 6-8 forward from Chicago.

The others include forward Aaron Gordon from San Jose; guard Jabari Bird from Richmond, Calif.; guard Isaac Hamilton from Los Angeles; and guard Zach LaVine from Bothell.

NCAA rules prohibit coach Lorenzo Romar from commenting about specific recruits until they sign a letter of intent, but he has said the 2013 class could be special.

Landing Williams-Goss is a good start for the Huskies, who missed the NCAA tournament last season after three consecutive appearances and failed to make a big recruiting splash in 2012.

Washington's incoming 2012 class includes Tacoma Community College star Mark McLaughlin and University of San Francisco big man Perry Blackwell, who must redshirt due to transfer rules and will have just one year of eligibility in 2013.

The Huskies still have a spot open on the 2012 roster, but might save the scholarship for next year.

"Washington is getting a good player in Nigel," ROOT basketball analyst Francis Williams said. "He's a natural leader. He has the ability to bring guys together."

An Oregon native, Williams-Goss has a 92-7 record at powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., and will be the program's first four-year player next season.

As a junior, he averaged 15.0 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds for the Pilots, who finished 32-1.

Williams-Goss, a 4.0 student who studied Chinese and plans to major in psychology and communications, announced his decision Wednesday morning on a blog written for National Recruiting Spotlight.

He said the Huskies and Oregon State offered him a scholarship as a high-school freshman.

He initially committed to UNLV as a sophomore, but reconsidered his options when coach Lon Kruger left for Oklahoma.

UCLA also was one of Williams-Goss' final five. "At the end of the day, I had to follow my heart and it was the University of Washington that I felt most comfortable with," he said. "I felt that Washington met all the criteria that I was looking for in a school and basketball program."

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @percyallen.

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