The matchups for the bracketed portion of the 2017 2K Classic were announced via a release on Monday with Providence facing off against Washington and Virginia Tech and Saint Louis filling out the other half of the bracket. The Friars will also play Houston Baptist and Belmont in the campus site portion of the 2K Classic with the Houston Baptist game opening Providence’s season on campus at Alumni Hall due to a scheduling conflict at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars game against Washington will be the later game at Madison Square Garden on November 16th. The Virginia Tech/Saint Louis game tips at 7pm. Both games will be on ESPN2 that night.
Nigel Williams-Goss announced his intention to transfer from the University of Washington on April 9th. The Oregon native has chosen Gonzaga over Providence and UNLV. Williams-Goss was also scheduled to visit Ohio State on May 8th. He went on visits to UNLV and Providence prior to committing while on his visit to Gonzaga and entertained in-home visits from Georgetown, Texas and Providence during the recruitment process. The Providence visit was on April 25th and Williams-Goss and his parents attended the Friars’ end of season banquet that evening.
On April 9th Nigel Williams-Goss announced that he would transfer from the University of Washington after two seasons. Williams-Goss was a team captain and led the Huskies in scoring, assists and minutes played this past season. There is a USA Basketball connection with Ed Cooley as Williams-Goss played on the U19 USA Basketball team for which Cooley was a training camp court coach in June 2013. The 6’3 lead guard averaged 15.6 points/game, 5.9 assists/game, 4.7 rebounds/game and 1.1 steals/game in 36.8 minutes/game a season ago for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies.