Duke freshman star Zion Williamson has been drawing national attention for his rim-rocking dunks dating back to high school. And since his arrival in Durham, the 6-7 athletic forward has provided ample highlight-reel slams on the Blue Devils' pursuit of a national title with a freshmen-laden roster. But after Duke's dominant win over Wake Forest on Tuesday — a game that saw the 18-year-old score a career-high 30 points — Williamson revealed he doesn't like to be labeled for just one facet of his game. "I kind of hate being classified as a dunker," Williamson said, via ESPN. "Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) wouldn't have recruited me if I was just a dunker. But I guess people on the outside don't understand that. I can't play to impress other people. I'm playing to get better for myself and my teammates and hopefully make a run for a national championship." It begs the question: Do Williamson's dunks overshadow his full-package ability that positions him … [Read more...] about Does highlight-reel dunking overshadow Duke star Zion Williamson’s overall greatness?
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson took two dribbles in the open court, and inspiration struck: This was the perfect time to show off his 360-degree dunk. In a freshman season full of highlight-reel plays for No. 1 Duke, this one might have been the most breathtaking. "I said, 'You know what? I'm wide open. Why not?'" Williamson said. "I did it, got high enough and it was almost like a layup." Williamson, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Devils beat Clemson 87-68 on Saturday night, downplayed the dunk as "a 7 or 8," according to ESPN. "We've got to see [what a 10 looks like]," Williamson said. "I can't tell you yet." Said coach Mike Krzyzewski: "There's no ceiling on how many times he can twirl, as long as he puts the damned thing in." ZION WILLIAMSON 360 [email protected]/FbEoghVeoG— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 6, 2019 … [Read more...] about Zion Williamson shows off monster 360 dunk as Duke beats Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. – Zion Williamson took two dribbles in the open court, and inspiration struck: This was the perfect time to show off his 360-degree dunk. In a freshman season full of highlight-reel plays for No. 1 Duke, this one might have been the most breathtaking. “I said, ‘You know what? I’m wide open. Why not?’” Williamson said. “I did it, got high enough and it was almost like a layup.” Williamson had 25 points and 10 rebounds in addition to that spectacular dunk, and the Blue Devils beat Clemson 87-68 on Saturday night in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener. “There’s no ceiling on how many times he can twirl,” coach Mike Krzyzewski quipped, “as long as he puts the damned thing in.” RJ Barrett, the ACC’s leading scorer, finished with 13 points while freshman point guard Tre Jones had 10 points and a season-best nine assists. Jack White added 12 points and Marquise Bolden had 11 for the Blue Devils … [Read more...] about Zion Williamson leads No. 1 Duke over Clemson in ACC opener
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.