Zion Williamson’s high school coach says Zion would be honored to play for Pelicans, won’t request trade
The Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday in Chicago and will likely take Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The NBA Draft is on June 20.
Breaking: Zion Williamson’s high school coach (Lee Sartor) just joined us live and said Zion will not be returning to Duke nor will he ask for a trade.
In communication with Zion’s family, they’ve said Zion will be honored to be drafted by the @PelicansNBA.
— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) May 16, 2019
No one expected Williamson to return to Duke. Sure, the high-flyer probably was rooting to get drafted by the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers, but Zion ultimately just wants to play in the NBA and live out his dream of being a professional basketball player.
The Pelicans, led by new executive David Griffin, will try their hardest to convince star big man Anthony Davis to change his mind about wanting to be traded. A lineup with Jrue Holiday, Davis and Williamson in it would be lethal.
In 33 games at Duke this season, Zion averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He shot 68.0 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from the 3-point line and 64.0 percent from the charity stripe. Pelicans fans can’t wait to see Williamson in a New Orleans uniform, putting on a show.
Zion is a good kid with a big heart. He doesn’t have the type of character to not want to play for a team like the Pelicans. New Orleans is also one of the best cities to live in.