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SportIt's official: Duke's Zion Williamson declares for the NBA draft

01:25  16 april  2019
01:25  16 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Zion Williamson says there is ‘high chance’ he will enter NBA Draft

Zion Williamson says there is ‘high chance’ he will enter NBA Draft Duke star Zion Williamson all but confirmed what everyone already knows after his team’s 68-67 Elite Eight loss to the Michigan State Spartans. Williamson said there is a “high chance” he will forego his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. Zion essentially confirms the obvious. Says there’s a “high chance” he enters NBA Draft. Wants to discuss with his parents before saying anything official. — Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 31, 2019 The discussion with his parents should be a brief one. Nobody thought Williamson would be any more than a one-and-done player.

When asked about his possible declaration for the 2019 NBA Draft , Williamson said, "I'm not going to make it official ." Zion Williamson , whose season ended Sunday when Duke lost to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, now begins preparations for his NBA career. Or does he? It ' s been widely assumed

Zion Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks for Duke this season. " It ' s very humbling to receive this award, but I know I wouldn't be here without my team-mates," said Williamson , who also won the Karl Malone Award for the nation' s best power forward.

It’s on to the NBA for Zion Williamson.

After an accomplished freshman season at Duke in which he captivated college basketball and excited wowed NBA scouts with a rare combination of size, skill and athleticism, Williamson on Monday announced his decision to enter the NBA draft.

By all accounts, he is expected to go No. 1 overall on June 20.

Who will be the lucky team? That will be decided at the NBA lottery drawing on May 14. New York, Phoenix and Cleveland have the best odds, followed by Chicago and Atlanta.

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It ’ s possible Duke ’ s entire superstar trio of freshmen could shut it down right now and still go 1-2-3 in the NBA draft come June. Even if Zion is well within his right to shut it down for the NBA , he just doesn’t seem like the type of player who would do that. But for those who come after him

When asked about his possible declaration for the 2019 NBA Draft , Williamson said, "I'm not going to make it official ." Zion Williamson , whose season ended Sunday when Duke lost to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, now begins preparations for his NBA career.

Williamson re-energized college basketball from the start of the season through the Elite Eight and won several college player of the year awards, including the prestigious Naismith College Player of the Year.

He averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds and shot 68 percent from the field, including 74.7 percent inside the three-point line. He was not impossible to defend, but he was incredibly difficult to stop. Many teams learned the hard way, confounded by his ability to use power and finesse.

Williamson had 14 double-doubles in points-rebounds, including games of 35-10, 32-11, 31-11, 30-10, and in Duke’s regional final loss to Michigan State, he had 24 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

"This kid is just one of a kind,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said during the NCAA tournament. “He's certainly a special basketball player. But as a youngster, he has a maturity -- it's uncommon. It really is uncommon. And how humble he is and how fresh, exciting. It's exquisite, just the best. And it's been an honor for me to be with him on this journey.”

Zion Williamson ‘would love’ to play for Knicks if they draft him

Zion Williamson ‘would love’ to play for Knicks if they draft him New York Knicks fans should get excited, and not just because of the possibility of Kevin Durant joining the franchise. Zion Williamson was named AP Player of the Year on Friday. He spoke with the media and was asked about the possibility of playing for the Knicks. The Duke star said he would “love” to play for them if they draft him. Zion on the possibility of playing for the Knicks: “If they draft me, I would love to play for them.” — Malcolm Moran (@malcolm_moran) April 5, 2019 If nothing else, Zion is smooth with the media and knows how to handle questions. He has a great attitude and says he will feel honored by whatever team drafts him. Williamson seems to be a lock to go No.

Zion Williamson has an insane level of hype behind him right now and it ’ s certainly deserved. The Duke freshman has absolutely dominated college basketball this season. Some even believe he’ s already locked up his spot as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft .

Duke basketball freshman Zion Williamson could decide today to never play another college game and still be one of the first few picks come the 2019 And, as a lifelong fan who is still in shock that this guy plays for the Blue Devils, I’m comforted by the observation that Williamson seems to have his

Beyond winning a national title, there is nothing left to prove for Williamson in college.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for growth. Williamson will need to work on his conditioning and don’t be surprised if he sheds pounds between now and the draft.

Williamson will also need to work on his outside shot, especially if he wants to step out and make NBA three-pointers.

But those are nothing that will dissuade teams from taking Williamson. All his other attributes, including his ability to pass, dribble and his unselfish play, make him a potential franchise-changing player. There is no reason for Williamson to participate in all of the NBA draft combine activities in May, so his next public on-court performance might not be until the Las Vegas Summer League in July.

Beyond his on-court ability, he will enter the NBA as polished as possible from a PR and marketing standpoint. He is gracious in victory and defeat and is media savvy during interviews. His charisma, combined with an electric smile, will make him a endorsement sensation with shoe, apparel, sports drink and other companies.

Williamson 3rd freshman to win Naismith Player of the Year

Williamson 3rd freshman to win Naismith Player of the Year Zion Williamson won the Naismith player of the year award.

It ' s hard to argue with the idea that Zion Williamson should play it safe with his NBA draft stock after his fluke knee sprain on Wednesday, but there are As tweets about Williamson being ruled out for the game began to circulate on social media, so too did a rapid response from many: This is why he

While everyone expects Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson to declare for June' s NBA draft , he is not yet ready to make it official . If, or rather, when Williamson does declare for the draft , he’ll become the heavy favorite to go No. 1 overall. It ’ s also been assumed that Williamson ’ s freshman

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