Within prep basketball circles, the prevailing thought process and rumors intimated that Spartanburg Day School sensation Zion Williamson would be staying in-state to play his college ball next year at either Clemson or South Carolina.
But just moments ago, Williamson decided to join fellow Class of 2018 studs R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish by committing to play his college basketball for Coach K at Duke.
"Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family," said Williamson on live television as he announced his decision. "Coach K is just the most legendary coach that ever coached college basketball. I feel like going to Duke University, I can learn a lot from him."
Duke now has commitments from the top three-rated players in the ESPN 100, with No. 1 R.J. Barrett and No. 3 Cam Reddish joining No. 2 Williamson in Durham. This is the first time that the top 3 players from one recruiting class have chosen to attend the same school.
"I feel like we can all do something special," Williamson said.
Subscribe here for daily 🔥 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIiO15uxI0JXp8vLFmwZt3w Zion Williamson is back from injury and last night he put on a show in front of a sold out crowd at the Spalding Hoophall Classic! He finished with 36 points in their loss to Chino Hills.
Williamson's aerial acrobatics are already the stuff of legend, but his game is much more delicious than simply being a rim wrecker. As I wrote earlier in the week after seeing him blow the roof off the gym at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts -
"Folks that just watch the mixtapes are enamored with his vicious and otherworldly dunking arsenal, but watching him in person gives you a better appreciation for his overall skill set.
Zion is powerful and explosive, with some calling him the best dunker that's ever graced a high school court. But he's also got plenty of smooth moves and a sweet touch around the glass. His agility and body control in flight is surprising, considering that he's built like an NFL defensive end.
He has great feet, moves around the court with an athletic fluidity and is impossible to stop if he gets up a head of steam in the open court. His first step is devastatingly explosive. When double and triple-teams appear, he's a deft passer and decision maker with the ball.
Zion's rebounding instincts are superb. When he can't simply out-muscle opponents, he gets to the ball with quickness and agility and he's especially a monster on the offensive glass. He attacks with an aggression that you can't teach and can play in the post and on the perimeter.
Zion Williamson is a 6'8 power forward at Spartanburg Day School (SC). He is ranked #2 in the Class of 2018 by ESPN. Marvin Bagley is the only player ranked ahead of him. Zion led SDS to winning the 2016-17 SCISA 2a State Championship. Spartanburg Day finished the season with a record of 29-6.
He can play multiple positions and surprisingly has some pretty funky handles as well. He can also guard multiple positions as well.
I've seen some dope players at Hoophall over the years, but I've never seen anyone quite like Williamson."
Williamson has over 1.1 million followers on Instagram and Drake has been seen sporting his high school jersey. He also has nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter.
If you thought the Fab Five made a splash on the college hoops scene, wait til you see what happens at Duke next year. With Williamson joining forces with R.J. Barrett, in this age of social media, the Blue Devils are about to be the hottest show in town whenever they step on the court.
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