Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day announces his college commitment. Scott Fowler sfowler@charlotteobserver.com
Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day announces his college commitment. Scott Fowler sfowler@charlotteobserver.com

North Carolina

Zion Williamson: ‘I will be joining the brotherhood of Duke University’

By Jonas Pope IV


January 20, 2018 08:17 PM


Zion Williamson, the No. 3 player in the nation, according to 247sports, is headed to the Triangle.

Williamson (6-6, 275) picked Duke over UNC, Clemson, Kansas, South Carolina and Kentucky.

“Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family,” Williamson said after pulling a Duke hat out of a bag live on ESPN. “Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) is just the most legendary coach that ever coached college basketball. I feel like going to Duke University, I can learn a lot from him.”

The No. 1 power forward in the nation will join R.J. Barrett (6-7, 200), the No. 1 player in the nation; Cam Reddish (6-7, 211), the No. 2 player, and Tre Jones (6-2, 175), the No. 8 player in the nation. All four players will participate in the McDonald’s All-American game on March 28 in Atlanta.

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

Special is a word that could be used to describe Williamson, who became a internet star after his sophomore season, when videos of his wide array of dunks started making the rounds. Williamson will provide another athletic wing, along with Barrett and Reddish, who can run the floor and finish around the basket. Built like an NFL tight end, Williamson moves up the court with the foot speed of a guard, and has shown the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket.

He also has the strength to finish around the rim, often over powering his opponents on the high school level. Williamson’s highlight packages include a wide variety of dunks, showing off amazing leaping ability and athleticism for a player his size.

Williamson plays at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, S.C., where he is averaging 37 points per game and 16 rebounds.

Spartanburg Day senior Zion Williamson picks the Duke Blue Devils giving Coach K the top three high school recruits in 2018. Lynnette Cantoslcantos@thestate.com

Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball commit Zion Williamson explains how Coach K secured the five-star from South Carolina. Ben Breinerbbreiner@thestate.com

Jonas Pope IV: 919-419-6501, @JEPopeIV