Zion Williamson will not be taking his talents to North Carolina. But, he'll play nearby.
On Saturday night, the highly touted senior power forward announced his decision to commit to the Duke Blue Devils. Williamson chose Duke over some prestigious programs including UNC, Kansas and Kentucky. South Carolina and Clemson were also in the running.
Ranked as the number two prospect in the country by ESPN.com, Williamson possesses a unique skill set with his hulking frame as the top-ranked power forward in the country. He utilized his size as a junior by averaging an impressive 13 rebounds a game. Gifted with a 6-foot-10.5 inch wingspan in addition to his 6-foot-6 272-pound frame, Williamson is also a strong defender and notched 2.5 blocks and three steals a game in the 2016-2017 season.
The forward’s calling card is his scoring and he averaged 36.8 points per game in his junior campaign, more than an eight-point jump from 2015-2016. Williamson possesses strong post moves, and routinely finishes at the rim with ease. He has also become an internet sensation with his highly athletic dunks. Social media has taken notice, as evidenced by his 1.1 million followers on Instagram.
Williamson has played just two games for Spartanburg Day School in his senior season, but he has still made his mark known. Through two contests the forward has dropped 74 points, and 33 rebounds in just 31 minutes of playing time.