Zion Williamson’s legend grows with every game these days, with each new thundering dunk and every stunning new feat of elevation. It has been this way for several years now, with Williamson the featured actor in a growing collection of viral clips that show a player with the skills to outrun almost anyone, to catch almost anything, to challenge almost anybody. Even his lowest moments — the sneaker that couldn’t hold him, the injured knee that cost him five games — have somehow morphed into highlights. But Williamson, an 18-year-old Duke freshman, has been making memorable moments for years. A group of New York Times reporters tracked down some of the people who were present for a few of them, to ask them about the memories that stand out the most. The Time the Recruiting Expert Got It Wrong ByKevin Armstrong Forgive Tom Konchalski. The publisher of High School Basketball Illustrated first observed Zion Williamson in person at the Elite 24, an all-star … [Read more...] about The Legend of Zion
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson seems comfortable as the star of the show at No. 2 Duke. That’s not easy at a program that has taken an ensemble approach to its collection of likely one-and-done freshmen. But with his mix of high-flying acrobatics on the court and his charismatic personality off it, Williamson has emerged as the natural face of the Blue Devils (10-1) — and maybe as college basketball as a whole. “It’s like a movie,” Williamson said. “You say you want to be a part of it, but when you’re actually here, it’s a movie. Ups and downs. Hard practices. Hard games. But for me, somebody like me, I always want to have fun, no matter what I’m doing, so it’s been like a movie for me.”Put simply, there’s nobody else like him in the sport. With a rare blend of physical size and freakish athletic ability, Williamson has helped turn those otherwise humdrum home-court routs of mid-major schools into … [Read more...] about ‘He’s not like anybody:’ Duke’s Williamson is 1-of-a-kind
The SEC has spoken on the controversial call that helped No. 1 Tennessee beat Vanderbilt on Wednesday at Memorial Gym, and these words in an email from director of communications Craig Pinkerton will please Vols fans: “The rule was correctly administered at the 1:22 mark of the second half when Clevon Brown was assessed a Flagrant 1 personal foul.” That’s the “hook and hold” rule, and as Pinkerton pointed out and as many college basketball fans have noticed often this season, it was added to the 2018-19 rulebook as a “Major Officiating Concern.” It’s a safety thing, which means it’s a good thing, at least in theory. It clearly needs some work. Here’s the portion of the rulebook Pinkerton excerpted on the “hook and hold” to shed more light on the call: “Illegal contact caused by a player hooking an opponent over or under the arm in an attempt to deceive the official into believing the contact was caused by the … [Read more...] about SEC says flagrant foul vs. Grant Williams was right, but let’s do our own review
INDIANAPOLIS – We’ll see Zion Williamson again at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There will be a next time, and a time after that, and plenty more after that. But there’s only one first time, and Tuesday night at the Champions Classic was our first look at Williamson, a freshman at Duke and the most unique player in college basketball, and what we saw was almost beyond belief. The whole thing was impossible. No. 4 Duke beating No. 2 Kentucky 118-84, just a ridiculous blowout of a John Calipari team with its usual assortment of future NBA draft picks. Another Duke freshman, 6-8 R.J. Barrett, scoring 33 points with six assists. A third Duke freshman, Cam Reddish, with 22 points and three assists. Top-three 2019 NBA draft picks, both of them. Absurd, all of it. But Zion Williamson is a whole different deal. A better player than Barrett and Reddish? Look, don’t ask me that. That’s some high-level NBA scout stuff there, and that’s not what I do. But after … [Read more...] about Doyel: Meet Duke phenom Zion Williamson, the most unique college basketball player I’ve ever seen
DURHAM, N.C. — It is difficult to reconcile the awe that comes out of the mouths of adults about Zion Williamson when you’re watching the player slumped in a chair after a 33-point blowout victory, answering goofy questions with a goofy smile. “Did you feel like a tight end on that breakaway?” “Is it true you were offered scholarships to play football?” “Do you feel pressure to put on a show when you get the ball?” Williamson, Duke’s star freshman and (many expect) a No. 1 N.B.A. draft pick by June, had just turned in the kind of performance against Yale that college hoops aficionados have come to expect from him: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and the requisite head-above-the-rim tomahawk dunk that has made him a staple of television highlight reels and internet video compilations. After absorbing each question, Williamson looked at his teammate Mike Buckmire, who pretended he was playing the role of Williamson’s … [Read more...] about Everyone Loves to Watch Zion Williamson Play. Maybe as Much as He Loves Playing.