Spartanburg Day’s 6-6 Zion Williamson Saturday night announced he will play his college basketball at Duke. Williamson chose the Blue Devils over Clemson, USC, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas.
The news had to come as a shock to Clemson fans. Most, if not all, Tiger fan websites and a large number of national basketball pundits were expecting Williamson to pick Clemson.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell offered Williamson as a 9th grader and he continued to cultivate the relationship with him and his family over the last four years. Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson, played part of his college career at Clemson.
Williamson took several unofficial visits to Clemson over the years. He also took unofficial visits to USC, but he saved his official visits for the four more tradition-laden programs on his list.
Obviously, the chance to play for college basketball’s most revered active coach, even if it is for just once season, weighed heavily on Williamson.
“Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family, and Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) is the most legendary coach that ever coached college basketball,” Williamson said. “Going to Duke University, I can learn a lot from him in my time there. Like I said, the brotherhood, it just represents family, and I’m all about family.”
Williamson’s commitment gives Duke the top three highest rated prospects in the 2018 class by the recruiting services. This season he is averaging over 37 points and 16 rebounds per game.
Watch Williamson’s announcement and press conference (News 19 WLTX)
Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson, also talked with the media about the decision
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