Highly regarded prospect Williamson picks Duke


Williamson is ranked only behind fellow Duke commit R.J. Barrett in the 2018 class. Barrett's commitment will not have almost the notoriety of Williamson, who can hardly walk around in public without someone asking for a picture or an autograph.

On Jan. 20, the No. 3 recruit for the class of 2018, Zion Williamson, committed to Duke. But once Williamson gets healthy and dialed in, he could be one of college basketball's most fascinating case studies in recent memory.

Few on Earth are built like 6'6, 275-pound Williamson. "People knowing who I am". "It's fun because, going all over the world, I was in Italy and people were asking me for pictures, 'Are you Zion?" His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.

Known largely for his highlight-reel dunks, Williamson has generated a high level of buzz around social media since his ninth-grade season at Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School.

What position will Williamson play? His jumper - and, in particular, his 3-point shot - needs work. Since Williamson has been battling injuries for his senior season, he hasn't been at his best basketball shape all season. It's four playmakers who are all talented with the ball in their hands and Barrett, Reddish and Williamson are all potential multi-positional players.

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Regardless, Williamson is regarded as a can't miss prospect who is expected to only play one year in college.

The Blue Devils now have the top three players in 24/7's rankings coming in, an unprecedented sweep, as well as Tyus Jones' little brother, also a point guard. Williamson announced his collegiate choice on his mother's birthday.

"First I'd like to thank SC and Clemson for taking the time to recruit me", Williamson said on the ESPN broadcast, "but like my mom said, I had to follow my heart". Also his stepfather, Lee Anderson, played for Clemson. He was believed to have been considering North Carolina and Kentucky as well.

But everybody wanted him for obvious reasons.

"I feel like we can all do something special", Williamson said.