When the national championship was decided three months ago, nobody was more upset than Nigel Williams-Goss of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. On the other hand, few were as happy as Tony Bradley was following the “Revenge Tour” the Tar Heels completed successfully after losing the year prior to Villanova on a last second shot.
Fast forward to now and these two college stars are now in an awkward situation. They were both drafted by the Utah Jazz. Both players will have to learn to play with each other whether it be in the D-League or coming off the bench in Jazz games.
Star guard Williams-Goss was the 55th pick in the NBA draft. Bradley, however was picked 28th in an exchange with the LA Lakers for the 30th and 42nd picks. While these were two very solid picks for the second round, the Jazz will have to wait a few years for a return on their investment as most teams do with second round players.
Williams-Goss torched BYU in Provo. Teams like the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are just a little bit better than the Cougars.
Bradley on the other hand seems to have the possibility of seeing some solid minutes as the twin tower to Gobert is still a missing puzzle piece the Jazz are trying to find. Williams-Goss on the other hand has stout competition from several other Jazz point guards (except Shelvin Mack).
Final Grades: I’ll give both of these picks a B until I see what happens. Marcus Paige made an incredible shot last year in the college national championship and all it got him was a ticket to play with the Salt Lake City stars of the D-League.
Hopefully the Jazz show some comraderie and don’t haze Williams-Goss with too much Tar Heels apparel anytime soon. If this happens then team officials might need to show the NBA Anger Management video starring the Malice in the Palace legend Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace).