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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Prodigy likened to LeBron after 'insane' debut


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Zion Williamson has been touted as basketball’s next big thing for some time and judging by the reaction to his US college basketball debut for the Duke Blue Devils, the hype surrounding the teenager shows no sign of abating.

The 18-year-old, who stands at 6-foot-7 (200cm) and weighs in at 285 pounds (130kgs), has had tongues wagging since he was 15, with the prodigy amassing 1.5 million followers online after going viral for his ferocious dunks in high school.

Williamson was instrumental in helping the Blue Devils to a cushy win over fellow blue chip school Kentucky, 118-84, scoring 26 points and showing his vast array of skills. What makes things even more bizarre is Duke’s side consisted mostly of freshmen (first year students).

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What’s even more astounding is Williamson isn’t even regarded as the best player on the team, with RJ Barrett projected as the no.1 pick for the NBA draft.

Barrett also starred for Duke with a game high 33 points. Both Barrett and Williamson broke the record for most points scored for a freshman on their debut, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 points set by Marvin Bagley III.

Williamson’s athleticism and physique matched with his skills as a shooter on the perimeter, make him an exceptionally unique talent. Despite weighing like a traditional NBA centre, Williamson displayed skills that will have talent scouts licking their lips. Not only can he defend players who are physically more imposing than him, he possesses the speed to keep up with smaller players and utilise his size on offense. And he can shoot the three with ease, something that has become a prerequisite for today’s NBA big man.

The youngster’s debut garnered much fanfare from basketball fans, pundits and particularly one NBA coach.

Steve Kerr, coach of NBA champions Golden State Warriors, couldn’t ignore Williamson’s performance during his midweek press conference. The championship winner compared the teenager to none other than the best player in the world, LeBron James.

“I thought LeBron was a one shot deal but apparently the next guy's coming”.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was more excited than usual when discussing Williamson and his Duke teammates.

“Zion Williamson is special,” Smith said on First Take.

“This game was supposed to (feature) the top two recruiting classes. I’ve never seen such a drop-off between the top two.”

ESPN’s draft expert Jonathan Givony was also full of praise for the 18-year-old, saying his athleticism will make him more than ready to handle the NBA as soon as he arrives.

“(He) will be one of the best athletes in the NBA right out of the gate,” Jonathan Givony wrote.

“Dunk-contest candidate but also highly functional athleticism within games. Possesses a freakish combination of power, explosiveness, dexterity, co-ordination and body control.”

Williamson’s physical gifts are difficult to ignore and some pundits have even suggested the Duke freshman may possess more potential than any other prospect in the upcoming NBA draft.

“Built like a tight end, brandishing unnatural agility and explosiveness, Williamson is a truly unique player and arguably boasts the greatest upside of any eligible prospect,” gushed Sports Illustrated.

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“To consider him the top prospect is to believe in his immense athletic gifts transcending the question of positionality.

“What’s for certain is that Williamson is something we’ve never seen before, and while some teams may be afraid to take the chance, others will see enormous potential.”

Skipp Bayless from Fox Sports' Undisputed also got in on the action, predicting unbridled success for Williamson and the team that is lucky enough to draft him.

“I'm seeing a perennial All-Star. But more importantly, the team that gets him is going to have a chance to win multiple championships." 

Zion Williamson has been touted as basketball’s next big thing for some time and judging by the reaction to his US college basketball debut for the Duke Blue Devils, the hype surrounding the teenager shows no sign of abating.

The 18-year-old, who stands at 6-foot-7 (200cm) and weighs in at 285 pounds (130kgs), has had tongues wagging since he was 15, with the prodigy amassing 1.5 million followers online after going viral for his ferocious dunks in high school.

Williamson was instrumental in helping the Blue Devils to a cushy win over fellow blue chip school Kentucky, 118-84, scoring 26 points and showing his vast array of skills. What makes things even more bizarre is Duke’s side consisted mostly of freshmen (first year students).

https://twitter.com/CBSSports/status/1060032711501459457

What’s even more astounding is Williamson isn’t even regarded as the best player on the team, with RJ Barrett projected as the no.1 pick for the NBA draft.

Barrett also starred for Duke with a game high 33 points. Both Barrett and Williamson broke the record for most points scored for a freshman on their debut, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 points set by Marvin Bagley III.

Williamson’s athleticism and physique matched with his skills as a shooter on the perimeter, make him an exceptionally unique talent. Despite weighing like a traditional NBA centre, Williamson displayed skills that will have talent scouts licking their lips. Not only can he defend players who are physically more imposing than him, he possesses the speed to keep up with smaller players and utilise his size on offense. And he can shoot the three with ease, something that has become a prerequisite for today’s NBA big man.

The youngster’s debut garnered much fanfare from basketball fans, pundits and particularly one NBA coach.

Steve Kerr, coach of NBA champions Golden State Warriors, couldn’t ignore Williamson’s performance during his midweek press conference. The championship winner compared the teenager to none other than the best player in the world, LeBron James.

“I thought LeBron was a one shot deal but apparently the next guy's coming”.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was more excited than usual when discussing Williamson and his Duke teammates.

“Zion Williamson is special,” Smith said on First Take.

“This game was supposed to (feature) the top two recruiting classes. I’ve never seen such a drop-off between the top two.”

ESPN’s draft expert Jonathan Givony was also full of praise for the 18-year-old, saying his athleticism will make him more than ready to handle the NBA as soon as he arrives.

“(He) will be one of the best athletes in the NBA right out of the gate,” Jonathan Givony wrote.

“Dunk-contest candidate but also highly functional athleticism within games. Possesses a freakish combination of power, explosiveness, dexterity, co-ordination and body control.”

Williamson’s physical gifts are difficult to ignore and some pundits have even suggested the Duke freshman may possess more potential than any other prospect in the upcoming NBA draft.

“Built like a tight end, brandishing unnatural agility and explosiveness, Williamson is a truly unique player and arguably boasts the greatest upside of any eligible prospect,” gushed Sports Illustrated.

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1060029368532111360

“To consider him the top prospect is to believe in his immense athletic gifts transcending the question of positionality.

“What’s for certain is that Williamson is something we’ve never seen before, and while some teams may be afraid to take the chance, others will see enormous potential.”

Skipp Bayless from Fox Sports' Undisputed also got in on the action, predicting unbridled success for Williamson and the team that is lucky enough to draft him.

“I'm seeing a perennial All-Star. But more importantly, the team that gets him is going to have a chance to win multiple championships." 

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