Spartanburg Day (SC) senior Zion Williamson, who is known for being one of the most talked about high school athletes, committed to Duke in front of a national televised audience on Saturday.
The 6-foot-6 forward is rated a five-star and ranked the second best player in the 2018 class by ESPN. Williamson, who has risen to the spotlight thanks to his high-flying dunks and insane athleticism, picked the Blue Devils over Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky.
“Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family,” Williamson said 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.”
Williamson’s commitment gives Duke the top three players in the 2018 class. Guard R.J. Barrett is No. 1, while guard/forward Cam Reddish is ranked second in the country. Duke also has point guard Tre Jones, who is ranked the No. 10 player in the nation. It’s the second consecutive recruiting class where Duke landed four players in ESPN’s Top 100.
Coach K will have no problem replacing Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr. and Grayson Allen, who are likely heading into the NBA Draft at the end of the season.
Williamson will be playing with Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joseph) and Immanuel Quickley at the McDonald’s All-American Game.