There is little doubt that Zion Williamson is going to be the number one overall pick in the upcoming draft. He has dominated the college level and seems ready to move on to the NBA.
With Williamson’s dominant physical abilities, there are many who believed he could have been an NBA contributor immediately. Even if that was an option, the consensus first overall pick would not have chosen that route, per NCAA.com.
“I always knew I would go to college. Even if they would have had the NBA road, I still would have come to college. You’re never going to get this experience again.” Williamson said.
That is a smart move. Not only does Zion Williamson get to play for one of the best coaches in the history of the sport in Mike Krzyzewski, but he also avoids becoming the next high school-to-pro bust.
Of all the players who have been taken directly from high school, one of them is in the Hall of Fame. That does not include the eventual inductions of Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. For the 10 draftees out of high school that made an All-Star game, there are 35 players who never have.
Each of these players were ultra-talented, but they did not pan out for some reason. It can be argued that Williamson’s size and skill set gives him a leg up.
There is little doubt that Duke is giving Williamson the tools to become a more immediate superstar in the NBA that many believe he will turn out to be.