Zion Lateef Williamson was born on July 6th, 2000 in Salisbury, North Carolina. He went to school at Spartanburg Day School and was ranked among the top five players in the 2018 class. Zion led his team to three straight state championships and also won individual awards such as South Carolina Mr. Basketball. Other accolades he earned were being named to the USA Today All-USA first team, as well as becoming a McDonald’s All-American. In his senior year of high school, Zion averaged 36.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, which broke school records.
Williamson decided to attend Duke University. In his first game with the Blue Devils, Zion scored 28 points in only 23 minutes as they defeated Kentucky 118-84. Zion dominated in that game and that continued for the rest of the season. He went on to break records for scoring held by J.J. Redick. He also set a Duke freshman record after having his 9th 25-point game of the season. Although Duke lost in the elite eight that year, Zion had a breakout season. He became the 3rd freshman in history to have 500 points, 50 steals, and 50 blocks in a season – the other two being Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.
As we approached the NBA Draft in June, it became obvious that Zion would be the #1 overall pick. His wish of being the #1 pick was granted as the New Orleans Pelicans drafted him. There are a lot of different opinions on Zion and what kind of NBA player he will be, but there is one thing that is for sure: There will be a lot more excitement in the NBA once Zion hits the court as a Pelican.
By STEVE FARACE
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