Duke video: Zion Williamson nearly breaks basket in pickup game alley-oop dunk
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Video: Duke’s Zion Williamson nearly breaks basket in pickup game alley-oop dunk

Zion Williamson, Duke

Zion Williamson’s basketball hiatus was short-lived. And the same goes for his encounter with an orange cylinder. Following Duke’s 68-67 season-ending loss to Michigan State on Sunday, it appears that the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft jumped back into the gym “pickup game” style.

Williamson notched 104 points in this year’s NCAA tournament, and kept the Blue Devils afloat while struggling to win both the second-round game against UCF and Sweet Sixteen battle against Virginia Tech.

But even his 24 points and 14 rebounds weren’t enough for Michigan State’s high-octane offense, as Tom Izzo’s resilient squad took full advantage of Duke’s 17 turnovers on the evening.

This will make it the Spartans’ eighth Final Four appearance with Izzo at the helm.

No matter how you slice it, this was an underachieving conclusion to Duke’s season.

Williamson noted that the basketball world has likely seen the last of he, his team, and potential lottery picks RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish sharing the court as one.

“We’re very upset obviously because we wanted to go to the Final Four, but congrats to Michigan State. They deserved it. They played a hell of a game,” Williamson said, per Sports Illustrated. “You just look around the locker room and see your teammates and your brothers and you just think this group will probably never going to play together again.”

Zion Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds on 68% shooting over the course of his freshman season. The New York Knicks currently stand the best chance at drafting him first overall, followed by the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.