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Jazz select GU’ss Nigel Williams-Goss: Blazers trade for Zach Collins at No. 10

Not everyone supports the system that allows Gonzaga players Zach Collins, center, and Nigel Williams-Goss, right, to leave early for the NBA. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Not everyone supports the system that allows Gonzaga players Zach Collins, center, and Nigel Williams-Goss, right, to leave early for the NBA. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Williams-Goss and Zach Collins, chosen by Portland at No. 10 in the first round, give the Zags a pair of draft picks for the first time since 1971.

Williams-Goss led GU in points (16.8), assists (4.7) and steals (1.7) last season while earning WCC player of the year honors and making several All-American teams.

Williams-Goss heads to Utah, where Gonzaga legend John Stockton played 19 seasons in a Hall of Fame career.

Former GU center Przemek Karnowski and wing Jordan Mathews went undrafted. Both were considered long shots to be selected.

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The Portland Trail Blazers wanted Zach Collins and dealt a pair of first-round picks to Sacramento to acquire the former Gonzaga Bulldog during Thursday’s NBA Draft.

The 19-year-old forward/center didn’t have to wait long – roughly an hour in a fast-moving first round – before hearing his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Portland swapped the 15th and 20th picks to Sacramento. Collins donned a Kings’ cap after his selection was announced but he had been informed of the trade. The trade became official about an hour later. Jim Meehan/SR




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.