Five-star wing Zion Williamson is off the board to Duke


He would go on to receive a number of offers - nearly primarily from high-major programs - and was rumored to be favoring home-state schools Clemson and SC. He said he loved the state of SC, but was following his heart to Durham and Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, whom he called legendary. Williamson is listed at 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, and he has just ridiculous hops.

Everyone around the basketball world was tuning into see where Williamson would announce his college destination.

Williamson is among the most celebrated high school stars in recent years, with mixtapes of his thunderous dunks and jaw-dropping blocks circulating on social media.

But Zion Williamson, the Spartanburg, S.C., dunk machine who ranks as 24/7's No. 3 recruit in the class of 2018, does less to fill a need for Duke and more to satisfy a want. "I feel like going to Duke, I can learn a lot from him during my time there".

However, Williamson said "the brotherhood" of Duke and playing for head coach Mike Krzyzewski is what caused him to pick the Blue Devils. He has dominated his high school competition thoroughly, often putting them at the bottom half of windmill slams posted on Instagram and in various YouTube highlight compilations.

The Blue Devils now have commitments from the top three players in the class of 2018 with the aformentioned Barrett along with Cam Reddish.

Regardless, Williamson is regarded as a can't miss prospect who is expected to only play one year in college. Williamson's stepfather, Lee Anderson, also played at Clemson, which is less than 100 miles from their home in Spartanburg.

"I want to thank all of the coaches who saw something in me", Williamson said.

Clemson was considered the favorite to land the sensational young talent before he made his decision official.