Interview: The Top High School Basketball Players Talk Sneakers, Hoops, and MJ at the Jordan Brand Classic Photo by Bryan Horowitz

Nigel Williams-Goss

The first four-year starter in the history of basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep, Williams-Goss is a versatile point guard and a sneaky-good scorer who is ticketed for the University of Washington next season. His marquee moment came against No. 1 Montverde Academy at the 2013 Hoophall Classic, when he scored 26 points and hit a game-winning three-pointer.

What does playing in a game with Jordan’s name attached mean to you?

Oh, it means everything. I was just thinking on the bus ride over here, I’m just so thankful, so blessed to be here. I think the collection of talent is unbelievable; they did a great job selecting all these guys. And I’m just so honored to be here, like you said, with a guy like Michael Jordan being a part of it, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Have you gone back and watched his career at all and studied it?

Oh, definitely. I went back and watched a lot of it. I think with the NBA Classics and the NBA TV, you get to see a lot of the greats. They show them and try to keep them relevant, which isn’t hard to do when you’ve had a career like Michael Jordan’s. I definitely know a lot about him, and I’ve watched him very closely.

What does his brand symbolize to you?

The best. The best. Like as soon as you see the Jordan sign, it just instantly goes to the top, know what I’m saying? I think all the brands, they bring something different to the table, but when you’re talking about Jordan, it’s just on another level. The same thing with the shoes, you see any retro Jordan sneaker, and it’s kind of like, “OK, those are J’s. Those are the best.”

What would you do if you got to talk with Michael Jordan?

Man, it would be… I don’t even know, to be honest! I think it would be one of those things where you have to play it by ear and react how you react. But I just know, I’d probably freak out, and then ask for a picture, definitely.

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