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Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss receives prestigious academic award

Bulldogs point guard Nigel Williams-Goss runs through the crowd to soak in the welcome by students and fans back to the Gonzaga campus  after a victory over Xavier. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Bulldogs point guard Nigel Williams-Goss runs through the crowd to soak in the welcome by students and fans back to the Gonzaga campus after a victory over Xavier. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss received the Elite 90 award for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Friday.

The award honors the student-athlete who has the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the NCAA Final Four. Williams-Goss leads the athletes at the NCAA Tournament final site in Glendale with a 3.84 GPA.

The athletes’ GPAs are based on the NCAA’s straight grading scale to ensure fairness across all the schools. Ties were awarded to the student with more credits completed.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes have to be at least a sophomore and had to have been a student at their school for a minimum of two years. They also have to be an active member of the team, travel to the Final Four as a member of the team and be eligible to compete in the national championship.

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