Zion Williamson leaving Duke after one season to enter NBA draft

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2019

In addition to those awards, Williamson won the ACC Freshman and Player of the Year, the AP Player of the Year, the Naismith Award, and was a consensus First Team All-American.

Duke Blue Devils star freshman Zion Williams shocked absolutely nobody on Monday when he announced that he will be taking his talents to the National Basketball Association.

Williamson thanked a number of people in the video, including coach Mike Krzyzewski, his mother and Duke fans for their support.

He is a virtual lock to go first overall in June, but Blue Devils teammates R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish declared earlier and are both in line to hear their names called within the first handful of picks.


The Atlanta Hawks are the only other team with better than 10 percent odds at getting the No. 1 pick.

In his one spectacular season at Duke, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 68.0% from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range.

Williamson's college career came to an end in the Elite Eight, when Duke fell to Michigan State.

With Williamson officially declaring, Duke will have to prove it can repeat this season's success with a vastly different cast of characters next season.

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