Former Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss is playing professionally in Serbia but he made time and arrangements to deliver a special birthday present to his dad.
Williams-Goss bought Virgil a white Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and it was waiting in the driveway Friday when Virgil walked out the front door of the family home in Nevada. Family and friends captured the moment on cell phone video.
“You’ve talked about this damn SRT Jeep for about 3 years now and I knew then that one day I would get it for you,” Nigel wrote in an Instagram post. “You told me when I became a professional the first thing I should do is get myself something nice for all the work I have put in to this game.
“But as we all know, I am only in this position because of you … The sacrifices you have made to make me the young man and player I am today are countless.”
Virgil repeats “No way” three times after seeing the car with a giant red bow on the hood and being told it was from Nigel, who plays for KK Partizan in Belgrade.
Here’s the video (WARNING: contains some adult language):
The family moved to Nevada from Oregon so Williams-Goss could play at Findlay Prep in Henderson, about 20 miles outside of Las Vegas. Williams-Goss played two seasons at Washington before transferring to Gonzaga, where he was an All-American last season.
Virgil has been influential throughout his son’s career. The two worked together at William-Goss’ basketball camp last August at the HUB Sports Center.
“From Day 1, he was my first trainer and he taught me pretty much everything I know about basketball,” Williams-Goss said at the time. “For us to be working together and teaching young kids, it’s just awesome.”
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