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Findlay Prep point guard Nigel Williams-Goss.
Nigel Williams-Goss has already committed to UNLV once. Will he do it again?
That question will be answered on Wednesday. Williams-Goss confirmed via text on Sunday night that that is when he will announce his college decision for the second and final time.
Opting to get his recruitment out of the way before his busy summer schedule kicks into full gear, the Findlay Prep senior-to-be has chopped his list of prospective schools down to five: UNLV, Washington, Oklahoma, Harvard and UCLA. Williams-Goss said he plans on announcing his decision via Twitter once he's had a chance to talk to the school he chooses (His handle is @SOU_TeamGeneral).
The 6-foot-4 Williams-Goss is currently ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 39 overall prospect in the 2013 class, and next season will become the first four-year play in Findlay Prep program history. The 2012-13 campaign will be the sixth for the Pilots. Williams-Goss and his family moved to town from Portland, Wash., and settled close to the program's home on the Henderson International School campus before his freshman season.
Williams-Goss came to town already mature beyond his years as a point guard, and in three seasons has only grown on both ends of the floor. This season, he played a key role in the program winning its third ESPN Rise National High School Invitational title in four years, including hitting the game-winning floater in overtime of a dramatic comeback victory over Montverde (Fla.) Academy to claim the crown.
He first committed to UNLV in December 2010, early in his sophomore season. The timing of his decision may have come as a surprise, but his choosing UNLV certainly didn't. From the time he arrived in the Las Vegas Valley, Williams-Goss and his family developed a close relationship with former Rebels coach Lon Kruger and his staff. It was so close that, when Kruger took the job at Oklahoma the following April, Williams-Goss decommitted from UNLV roughly two weeks later, and only a week after Dave Rice had been hired to take over the program.
Since then, both he and his family have gradually built a similar bond with Rice and his staff. Also, Williams-Goss attended several UNLV home games at the Thomas & Mack Center last season. Since his junior season ended, he's taken a handful of unofficial visits to several schools in the hunt, and it now appears that the only official visit he'll end up taking will be to whichever program he chooses on Wednesday.
If Williams-Goss chooses UNLV, he'd become the third member of Rice's 2013 recruiting class.
He'd join 6-foot-8 forward Chris Wood — a fellow senior-to-be at Findlay Prep who Rivals.com ranks as the No. 55 prospect in the class — and 5-foot-11 sharpshooter Dantley Walker — a rural Nevada high school scoring legend who signed a letter of intent as a member of the 2011 recruiting class, and is currently in the middle of a two-year mission being served in Spokane, Wash.
How many players UNLV will attempt to sign in the 2013 class is still unknown. The Rebels head into the 2012-13 campaign with one open scholarship, will have three seniors set to move on after the season — Anthony Marshall, Justin Hawkins and Quintrell Thomas — and will likely lose junior-to-be forward Mike Moser as an early entrant to the NBA draft next June.