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Science describe the impact of a hit from NBA prospect Zion Williamson

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Duke freshman Zion Williamson is one of the most anticipated NBA Draft prospects in recent years. His hype draws comparisons to that of LeBron James when he was still a high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s.

LeBron debuted in the league in 2003 with the Cleveland Cavaliers while he was only 18 years old. From that point on, he has achieved a great deal of success and has broken or set a lot of NBA records.

There is no denying that Williamson’s skills were superb as LeBron’s at a young age of 18. According to Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation, “Williamson has the body of an NFL defensive lineman and the explosiveness of a young Dominique Wilkins.” But how does it really feel when you are defending this 6 foot 9 forward?

According to Ben Cohen and Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal, University of Lynchburg physicist Eric Goff reviewed clips of the 18-year-old and discovered his his impact is the equivalent of colliding with a jeep that is traveling at 10 miles an hour. With that being said, Williamson could probably shrug off his defenders with ease and opposing teams must adjust in order to contain him.

That’s some kind of force, and no wonder expectations for Williamson are high even before his NBA debut. Most mock drafts have him number one overall already for the upcoming draft.

In his first year with Duke, Williamson is already showing his potential. Through nine games, his numbers are solid. He averages 20.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.1 blocks per game.