Is he the second coming of Lebron James? Perhaps.
However, Zion Williamson is a 6 foot 7, 285 pound monster steamrolling his own path into the professional league on his own terms.
The Duke freshman is already one of the top prospects for next year’s NBA draft even before the season started. Together with teammate RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, Duke has officially formed one of if not the strongest line-up for a college in the last two decades – three of them projected to be lottery picks and all inside the top five. It is also the first time in history that any college in history has signed the top three recruits out of high school.
Similarly to Lebron James and Allen Iverson, Williamson was also offered a football scholarship – to LSU to play tight end. In all, he received basketball offers from Wofford, Clemson, Duke, South Carolina and Kentucky, but committed to the Blue Devils eventually after a talk with the lauded Mike Krzyzewski.
The hype surrounding these three exceptional players has not been a disappointment as they decimated Kentucky who was ranked first in the country, in their first game together with a score of 118-84.
Williamson skyrocketed to fame, as videos of him dunking emerged during his high school days. Spectators had to pick up their jaws from the floor after witnessing a mere boy with the physical attributes of a grown man taking over the games with just his movement, speed and dunking ability. The explosiveness and jumping ability on this freak of nature allowed him to be a elite shot-blocker as well as a rebounding specimen.
In his high school of Spartanburg Day School, he averaged 32 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks per game.
At Duke just nine games into the season, he is averaging 20 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks per game.
Williamson, during trials had broken the Duke record with a 45-inch vertical, albeit with a short running start.
To put that into perspective, Michael Jordan and Zach Lavine both clock in at 46 inches, and Lebron James is at 44 inches.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) July 6, 2018
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